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2d college gets meningitis vaccine

GENEVA — The Swiss drug maker Novartis said a second US university is using its new vaccine against meningitis B. The vaccine, Bexsero, is being used at the University of California Santa Barbara until March 7 to help protect 20,000 students and staff after an outbreak.

The vaccine shot for the B strain of the meningitis bacteria is approved for use in Europe, Australia, and Canada, but not yet for general use in the United States.

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But the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Bexsero twice in response to outbreaks at college campuses. It is the first vaccine against the B strain of meningitis.

Princeton University said that almost 5,300 people got the vaccine last year in an effort to halt an outbreak there.

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