Death of SMU student leads to calls for expanded access to meningitis vaccine

A student from Saint Mary’s University has passed away after a confirmed case of meningitis, reports CTV News. Over a dozen of the student’s confirmed close contacts have been contacted and offered prophylactic antibiotics and access to a strain-specific vaccine. While no other cases have been reported, CBC reports that other postsecondary institutions in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are watching the situation. “I would love to check off the box of having [the vaccine] covered at every university and post-secondary school across Canada,” said Alex Ryan, co-director of meningitis awareness organization B for Kai. CTV News reports that B for Kai was formed after Acadia University student Kai Matthews died of meningitis last May, and the organization has been campaigning for improved access to the vaccine at Atlantic universities. CTV News (1)| CTV News (2)| CBC| City News Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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