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Returning Arizona College Students Urged To Get Meningitis B Immunization

With students returning to school and moving into cramped college dorm rooms around Arizona, local colleges are insisting students get a new vaccination. Doctors are recommending all students receive the new Meningitis B immunization.

Though Meningitis B is treatable, it can still be life threatening. ASU Health Services Director Stephanie Schroder says the viral infection can lead to inflammation of the brain. “The problem with Meningitis B is that it goes from minor symptoms to possibly death in 48 hours," she said. "And the symptoms can easily be confused with flu.”

Those symptoms can include headache, fever, and stiff neck.

Before starting school, doctors also recommend getting the booster shot to prevent measles, mumps and rubella.

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."