2 min. readlast update: 10.18.2023


You’re receiving this notice because you are considered unvaccinated for meningitis, based on reported vaccination status or refusal to report vaccination status. Though not mandatory, Grand Valley encourages you to do your part in helping to keep our community safe by receiving the recommended vaccines.  

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, generally caused by bacteria and viruses. Meningitis usually spreads through coughing, kissing, and sneezing.  

If not treated in time, meningitis can cause serious health complications and even death. For more information visit The CDC's webpage on Meningococcal Illnesses 

Meningitis spreads through bacteria or virus, by direct or indirect contact. One common method of transmission is via contaminated food. For more information about transmission visit: The CDC's Webpage on Transmission OR The CDC's Meningitis Webpage 

The best way to prevention meningitis illnesses is vaccination. If you have come into close contact with someone who has meningitis or meningococcal illness, they can be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent illness spread. For more information about vaccination visit: The CDC's webpage on Meningitis Vaccines 

The locations listed below are potential resources for obtaining the vaccine. The list is not all inclusive, nor is it intended to direct care to any specific provider or location. 

  •  Your family health care provider 
  •  GVSU 
    • Campus Health Center 
    • GVSU Family Health Center 
  •  Local Health Departments 
    • Ottawa County Health Department 
    • Kent County Health Department 
  •  Local Pharmacies 
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