Viral Meningitis Update

Viral Meningitis Update from UCSB Student Health Service (November 17, 2017)

Student Health has confirmed two cases of VIRAL meningitis in UCSB students this week. The students are recovering with no complications. This type of meningitis is very different from the more serious bacterial or meningococcal meningitis. Viral meningitis is usually mild and resolves without any specific treatment other than rest and maintaining adequate fluid intake. It is spread through respiratory contact and oral secretions, so advising your students to use good hand washing and avoid sharing cups/smoking materials/eating utensils is the best prevention. 

Symptoms of viral meningitis can include a severe headache with fever, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light, and nausea or vomiting. More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. If your student feels the need to be evaluated, sources of care when Student Health is closed are listed on our website at http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/home/after-hours-care

We still encourage all students to have adequate protection against meningococcal meningitis by receiving the two types of vaccine: Men ACWY (usually given in childhood and age 16) and the newer Men B shot (series of two shots). We have these shots available at Student Health; students can book an appointment to receive them through the GATEWAY portal on our website at: http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu

Meningitis B shots will be available on a walk-in basis at Student Health on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm. No appointment is needed. The cost is covered by Gaucho Health Insurance (GHI). Students with GAP or other outside insurance can have the charge ($195) put on their BARC account and send to their insurance, or they can obtain it from their providers elsewhere.