Student Health Services: Meningitis
October 27, 2016
Dear Members of the UW Platteville Campus Community:
We have received notification from UW Madison University Health Services that there have been three confirmed cases of Meningitis – Serogroup B on the UW Madison campus. As a result, the Wisconsin Department of Public Health has launched a mass immunization for UW Madison undergraduate students.
Although cases of Meningitis are rare and not currently on our UW Platteville campus, we believe it is important to provide the campus community with current information and to support your safety. Whenever health and safety concerns arise, we pledge to keep you informed and up-to-date and will share additional pertinent information if it becomes available from the Wisconsin Department of Public Health. In the meantime, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html and UW Madison’s University Health Services Meningococcal Disease FAQ https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/meningitis-faq.pdf for additional information on Meningitis.
At this time, Grant County Health Department has not recommended that Student Health Services carry the Meningitis B vaccine. If you have questions or concerns please contact your health care provider or Student Health Services (608.342.1891). Faculty and staff should contact their health care provider with questions and immunization status/requirements.
WIR and Meningococcal Vaccine
If individuals are looking up their records in the WIR through consumer (public access), there may be some confusion between the Meningococcal ACWY and Meningococcal B vaccine groups. The MenACWY vaccine group is listed as " Meningo" and MenB is "Meningo B".
Additionally, after an individual has received a dose of the Men B vaccine, the trade name information (e.g. Bexsero or Trumenba) for the dose is not available in the consumer access view; the trade name of what has been administered and is recommended is only available for authorized WIR users (e.g. typical WIR users, administrators, etc.). The WIR team is aware of these challenges and is considering the options (it is not a simple fix, unfortunately).