What You Should Know About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal (me-nin-je-kok-ul) disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria that can infect the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can lead to brain damage, disability, and rapid death.

It is well known that the close quarters of campus residence hall living puts students at increased risk for meningococcal disease.

It is important to get a meningococcal vaccination. If the first dose was given prior to age 16, a booster dose is needed for students entering college.

Practice good hygiene measures such as not smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, and not sharing drinking and eating utensils and other items that have contacted saliva. Practice good nutrition and get plenty of sleep.

Know the early signs of the disease (sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck). It can start with symptoms similar to influenza (flu), and will often also cause nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, rash, and confusion. It is important to get quick treatment.

Center for Disease Control Meningococcal Page

Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease Outbreaks - Information from the American College Health Association

The following information on serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreaks is provided by ACHA's Vaccine-Preventable Disease Advisory Committee after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The ongoing serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak at Princeton University brings national attention to an issue of longstanding importance to the college health community. The dramatic decline in cases of meningococcal disease since the late 1990s coincides with the widespread use of the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine in adolescents and students entering college.

Outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease are rare. Since the first case last spring, Princeton officials have collaborated diligently with local and state public health officials and the CDC. After the third case (which defines an outbreak), CDC initiated discussions with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permission to acquire Bexsero, the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine that is licensed in Europe and Australia, to be made available for this specific outbreak. Cases of meningococcal disease are reportable in every state.

For more information view the 

 published by the California Department of Public Health.

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Helping Hands Pantry

Helping Hands is a public charity serving Redlands California and surrounding communities. We provide food and gently used clothing to those in need. We have a food pantry that provides supplementary food to over 1300 clients, and a newly acquired thrift store.

We Distribute food at our SACHS Norton facility located on the south side of 3rd Street just east of Tippecanoe in San Bernardino at 1455 E Third St.

Helping Hands is an all-volunteer organization with support coming from various churches and the larger community. No person working with or volunteering for Helping Hands is compensated financially by helping hands. Volunteers are compensated only by the joy of serving their community. Volunteers donates anywhere between 2 and 40 hours each week doing a great variety of tasks.

For more information please contact: Paul C. Dickau at (909) 809-8224