- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Health and college officials are urging all incoming and returning Rutgers University-New Brunswick undergraduates to take additional meningitis vaccinations after two students contracted the disease earlier this year.

Two students at the university’s New Brunswick campus were diagnosed with meningitis B during the spring 2016 semester. Both were hospitalized and have recovered.

Meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord and can cause high fever, headache, a stiff neck and a rash.

The school is now recommending students receive the serogroup type B meningococcal vaccine, Trumenba, before fall semester begins.

Students will have to submit a form verifying they have been properly vaccinated before returning to school in the fall.

Alternatively, students can sign a form acknowledging the risks of not getting vaccinated.

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