CVS Health is offering Meningitis B vaccines to people living in Santa Clara County, California, in response to confirmed cases of Meningitis B on the Santa Clara University campus.
WOONSOCKET, R.I. February 10, 2016 — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) is offering Meningitis B vaccines to people living in Santa Clara County, CA, in response to confirmed cases of Meningitis B on the Santa Clara University campus. CVS Pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics have vaccines available to protect patients against the disease. Students at Santa Clara University who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to get vaccinated. In addition, anyone who has had close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a meningococcal illness, as well as faculty and staff who have conditions such as asplenia, a complement deficiency, or sickle cell anemia, should also receive the vaccine.
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect people from meningococcal infection and CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic will be offering the vaccine at the following locations
All CVS Pharmacy locations in California can order doses of the vaccine upon request and have it available the next day. Pharmacy and medical clinic staff can assist patients in determining whether the vaccine is covered by their insurance plan.
“Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent serious diseases, like Meningitis B,” said Dr. Andrew Sussman, Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health, and President of CVS MinuteClinic. “Our CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are ready to provide meningitis vaccinations to people living in Santa Clara County now, and can help ensure that patients stay up to date on vaccinations in the future.”
In addition, the CVS Pharmacy locations at 855 El Camino Real in Palo Alto and 325 Sharon Drive in Menlo Park will hold Meningitis Clinics from Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Pharmacists will be available to administer the Meningitis B vaccines Monday to Friday from 4pm-8pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. No appointment is needed. Patients should bring both their health insurance and prescription insurance cards.
The symptoms of meningitis include the sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck. Patients may also have nausea, vomiting, confusion and sensitivity to light. The symptoms of septicemia include fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, cold hands and feet, chills, severe muscle aches, and rapid breathing. A dark purple or red rash may also be present. People with these symptoms should seek urgent medical attention.