University Will Give Students Vaccine Not Approved In U.S.

PRINCETON, N.J. (November 18, 2013) Princeton University officials decided Monday to give students a meningitis vaccine that hasn't been approved in the U.S. in order to stop the spread of the disease.

The first doses will be available next month.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved importing the vaccine, Bexsero, for use on Princeton's campus in New Jersey.

The vaccine, approved in Europe and Australia, is the only vaccine for use against the type B meningococcal bacteria.

Last week, health officials confirmed the Ivy League school's seventh case of meningitis since March. No one has died.

Meningitis can be spread through kissing, coughing or lengthy contact.

The school is telling students to wash their hands, cover their mouths when coughing and not share items such as drinking glasses and utensils.

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