Vaccinations underway at Providence College

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence College is holding a vaccination clinic Sunday as it deals with two likely cases meningococcal meningitis.

Officials are administering Trumenba, a meningitis B vaccine made by Pfizer that requires three doses.  All students are required to report to Sunday or to another clinic on Wednesday, whether they plan to get vaccinated or not.  The vaccines are free and recommended for students that live or work on campus. The college warns that prior vaccinations likely do not protect against the Group B strain of meningitis.

Spokeswoman Christine Centazzo said Sunday afternoon that the meningitis clinic has been handling about 300 to 400 people an hour since it opened at 9 a.m. She said the two students — one confirmed to have meningitis and another suspected to have the illness — remain hospitalized and appear to be responding to treatment and doing well.

Providence College has over 3,800 undergraduate students and about 700 graduate students.

The Rhode Island Department of Health is coordinating with the school, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on the Sunday clinic.

Officials reported a confirmed case of meningitis at the school on Monday and a suspected case on Thursday. People who had close contact with the students were given antibiotics. One of the students is recovering in a Boston hospital. The other is being treated at a Rhode Island hospital.

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