PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University officials have decided 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 decision came Monday and the first doses are to be available next month.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved importing the vaccine, Bexsero, for possible use on Princeton's campus in New Jersey. The vaccine is approved in Europe and Australia. It's 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 tells students to wash their hands, cover their mouths when coughing and not share items such as drinking glasses and utensils.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.