College Kids Rejoice: FDA Approves Vaccine for Deadly Meningitis

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A nurse loads a syringe with a vaccine against hepatitis at a free immunization clinic for students before the start of the school year,  in Lynwood, California August, 27, 2013.  Nurses are immunizing children in preparation for the first day of public school on September 3. The clinic offers the mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B,  MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox as well as some optional ones.  AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

A new vaccine has been approved for a lethal meningitis strain that hit UC Santa Barbara and Princeton University students last year. While the virus can be treated with antibiotics, it often advances rapidly and has common symptoms. Trumenba, created by Pfizer, would have immunized people against the strain that caused about a third of cases 2012’s cases.