Student Health CenterLower Bedford HallPhone: 401.865.2422Fax: 401.865.2809Security/EMTs: 401.865.2222
By appointment only during the academic year: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm The Health Center is closed during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Easter Break, Spring Break, and the summer.
In early February 2015, two cases of meningococcal meningitis were confirmed on the Providence College campus. Both cases were identified as the Serogroup B strain. On February 8, 2015, the College held a vaccination clinic to administer the first dose of the vaccine to protect against the Group B strain of meningitis. Further details on the clinics can be found below.
Providence College held vaccination clinics for the first dose of the vaccine to protect against the Group B strain of meningitis the week of February 8, 2015, clinics for the second dose the week of April 12, 2015, and clinics for the third and final dose the weeks of August 30 and September 6, 2015.
As a precautionary measure, the College held a vaccination clinic to administer the first dose of the serogroup B vaccine to the Class of 2019 on Sunday, August 30, 2015, a clinic for the second dose on Saturday, November 14, 2015, and a clinic for the third and final dose the week of March 20, 2016.
For any first year, returning, graduate or transfer student who did not receive the full vaccination series, please contact the Student Health Center for information about how to begin or continue the three-dose regimen in order to be fully protected. Eligible graduate students are those who are either living or working on campus, any graduate student who is intimately involved in a relationship with an undergraduate student OR a graduate student without a spleen or who is immunocompromised. The vaccine is licensed for people ages 10-25.
Graduates from the Class of 2015 who did not complete the vaccination series and are interested in coming to campus to receive their final shots should contact the Student Health Center for more information.
Please be aware that there are TWO different meningitis vaccine series:
The medical information card that students complete at the clinic has a section that asks about prior serogroup B immunizations. The exact questions are listed below. If this is a student's first dose, he/she should consult with their primary care physician prior to attending the clinic to ensure they are able to answer "yes" or "no" to these questions.
Students that are under 18 will need a parent/guardian signature on their form. Please download the form below, and email to the Director of the Student Health Center, Kathy Kelleher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms can also be faxed to the Student Health Center: (401) 865-2809, or students can bring a printed copy to the clinic.
Waiver & Consent Form
This bacterial infection is spread through direct secretions from the nose or mouth through activities such as kissing; or sharing food, drinks, water bottles, toothbrushes, eating utensils, smoking materials, cosmetics, and lip balms. A person can be a carrier of meningitis without any symptoms. In addition, you may become ill with meningitis even if you have not been in contact with someone who is sick. While this is not an exhaustive list, the following precautions are recommended by HEALTH:
Meningitis may present as sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It will often have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and altered mental status and/or a skin rash. The symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. Typically they develop within 3-7 days of exposure. If you or a close contact become sick: