Reunions 2014 – Meningitis Information for Attendees

Dear classmates,

We’re excited to remind you that Reunions is only a few weeks away!

In light of the recent cases of meningitis associated with Princeton University, we wanted to share some information with you before your visit.

There is no evidence that visitors are at increased risk of getting meningococcal disease from casual contact with individuals on campus. However, Princeton University continues to recommend that people remain vigilant to the symptoms of meningococcal disease and seek treatment immediately if they experience symptoms, which are described in detail, below.

Bacterial meningitis is contagious, but generally is transmitted through direct exchange of respiratory and throat secretions by close personal contact, such as kissing, sharing drinks, eating utensils, smoking materials, cosmetics and other items. Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been.

A high percentage of eligible members of the University community have already received both doses of the serogroup B vaccine at campus clinics in recent months. Students who have received both doses of the vaccine have likely protected themselves from getting sick, but there is a chance they may still be able to spread meningitis bacteria to others.

There is no evidence that says individuals are at risk of catching the infection by touching surfaces like doorknobs or keyboards. However, hand washing and covering your cough or sneeze are good hygiene practices to follow.

Symptoms of bacterial meningitis could include high fever, headache or stiff neck. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, confusion and sensitivity to light. Later in the illness, a rash that looks like purple blotches or spots on the arms, legs and torso may appear. These symptoms can develop suddenly over several hours, or they may take up to ten days to appear. We strongly advise that if you experience any of these symptoms, contact your health center or physician immediately.

For more information about meningitis or the outbreak, please visit:

I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.


Your ’09 Class Officers