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The Indiana Immunization Coalition is partnering with pharmacies across the state to launch ‘Beware of B,’ in an effort to educate parents and students about the benefits of the meningitis B vaccination, and to make it easy to obtain the important protection needed before heading to school in the fall.

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What is Meningitis B?

Each year, approximately 1,000 people contract meningococcal disease in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that among those who become infected, 10 to 15 percent will die. Of those who survive, another 20 percent will suffer from permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, loss of limbs, hearing loss and/or other serious impacts to the nervous system.

In all, there are at least 12 types, or “serogroups,” of meningococcal diseases, one of which is serogroup B. In the U.S., the B strain accounts for 50 percent of all cases in persons 17 to 23 years of age in the U.S.

The first B vaccine was FDA approved in 2014, and while not required, the CDC recommends it for anyone ages 11 to 23. The vaccine is especially important for those living in close quarters, like college dorms, where the disease can rapidly spread. In fact, since spring of 2013, meningitis B outbreaks have occurred on five major college campuses in the U.S.

Indiana State Law requires that all universities and colleges inform students of the risks associated with meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination. However, this required information does not specifically address the B strain of the disease.

- 'Beware of B’ Campaign Launches, Urging College Students to Vaccinate Against Meningitis B
- Meningitis B | 'Beware of B' Fact Sheet

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