Dec 9, 2013 6:36 PM by Associated Press, Posted By: Annie Snead

Over 1,200 get meningitis B vaccinations at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University says more than 1,200 people were vaccinated midway through the first day of a mass vaccination against type B meningitis.

The Ivy League school in New Jersey is looking to vaccinate nearly 6,000 students and some employees.

Seven students and one prospective student who was visiting campus have been stricken by potentially life-threatening type B meningococcal disease since March. None of the cases has been fatal.

With the approval and recommendation of federal agencies, the university is using a vaccine that is not yet approved for general use in the United States.

Students and some workers are being offered a first dose Monday through Thursday. A second dose is to be given in February.

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