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'We've been lucky that all of our students have survived, but it's only a matter of time.'

The deadline for Oregon State students to get their Meningococcal B Vaccine is this week, and still thousands of students have yet to get the vaccinations.

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The deadline for Oregon State students to get their Meningococcal B Vaccine is this week, and still thousands of students have yet to get the vaccinations.

Between mechanical engineering classes, Senior Korlin Favara makes time for one more university requirement.

Favara is one of about 9,000 students left, who have until Thursday to get the two-dose vaccination against Meningococcal B.

"There are some that haven't started the process, and so we're contacting those people and getting information from them," said Jeff Mull, Medical Director at OSU Student Health. "But most of it are people that need their second dose."

Right now, 48 percent of students are vaccinated, but Mull expects that number to be at 90 percent by the end of this week.

"Is that enough to stop the spread on campus? Hopefully," said Mull. "You know, the more people that are vaccinated, the less people that are out there susceptible to disease. "

It was just this year that OSU started the vaccination requirement for all students under the age of 25; a response to the worst Meningococcal B outbreak in campus history. In the past two years, six students were diagnosed with the disease, which infects the brain and spinal fluid.

"The death rate is very high," said Mull. "We've been lucky that all of our students have survived, but it's only a matter of time, so we really just want to end this outbreak."

To show just how serious they are, anyone who's not vaccinated can't register for their next term of classes.

So for Favara, he is getting it out of the way now. The hope now is that those thousands of other students will do the same.

The vaccination tent will stay up for two more days at the clinic continues until that Thursday deadline. All incoming Freshmen are also required to get the vaccine, and OSU will keep that requirement until the University goes without an Meningococcal cases for a year.



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