Huffpost College

Princeton University Considers Distributing Unapproved Meningitis Vaccine

Posted: Updated:
Barry Winiker via Getty Images

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Princeton University officials are deciding whether to give students a meningitis vaccine that hasn't been approved in the U.S. to stop the spread of the disease.

A decision could be made as early as Monday.

The Food and Drug Administration last week approved importing Bexsero for possible use on Princeton's campus. The vaccine is approved in Europe and Australia. It's the only vaccine for use against the type B meningococcal bacteria.

Health officials confirmed the Ivy league school's seventh case of meningitis last week. Six students and a visitor have been diagnosed since March.

Meningitis can be spread through kissing, coughing or lengthy contact.

The school told students to wash their hands, cover their mouths when coughing and not share items such as drinking glasses and eating utensils.

Around the Web

Princeton University Considers Use of Foreign Meningitis Vaccine ...

Princeton University Awaits Word on Meningitis Vaccine - Bloomberg

Princeton awaits meningitis vaccine approval - NBC News

Princeton weighs offering vaccine in meningitis outbreak - USA Today

Princeton University considers meningitis vaccine | Houston

FDA approves meningitis vaccine for use at Princeton - The ...

Princeton University can import vaccine to combat meningitis outbreak

CDC importing meningitis vaccine to fight Princeton outbreak | Fox ...

Princeton Considers Vaccinations for Slow-Moving Meningitis ...

Princeton University meningitis infections prompt CDC to import emergency ...