Fifth OSU Student Treated for Meningococcal Disease

Nov 28, 2017

A student at Oregon State University in Corvallis is being treated for meningococcal disease. The student is an undergraduate and is listed as being in good condition.

Microscopic image of meningococcal disease.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon State University officials are urging all students to get vaccinated. The university started requiring vaccinations this year. They are offering vaccines on campus.

Steve Clark is the Vice President for University Relations. Clark said grades are being withheld from students who do not provide proof of vaccination for the fall term.

Clark: “So we think that’s a call to act. Not only is the sickness, but we know they want their grades. So we will do everything we can to inspire them to be vaccinated.”

An email sent to students warned that in up to 15% of all cases, the patient may die. And in 20% of cases, patients can lose their hearing, suffer mental impairment or lose limbs.