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Meningitis B

Five College “Outbreak Community”

Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges remain in an "outbreak" status following three confirmed cases of meningococcal B between October, 2017 and February, 2018. According to state and federal health officials, this designation extends for one year after the last case was diagnosed.

Meningitis vaccine for serotype B is strongly recommended for 10-25 years of age but is not required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is the serotype identified in the Five College students during 2017-2018. Even though the community outbreak is over, it is recommended that all incoming and returning students receive meningitis B vaccine. There are two vaccines available, Trumenba three dose series and Bexsero a two dose series. Students should check with their insurance plan to determine if the cost of this vaccine is covered.

If you have more questions about this vaccine, cost or coverage by insurance, email

See the Massachusetts Publich Health Fact Sheet for more information on Meningitis B.