Health officials want UO moms to remind kids to get vaccine

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 10, 2015 at 5:20 a.m.



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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — It's Mother's Day, and health officials are using the occasion to remind parents of University of Oregon students to make sure their kids get vaccinated against meningococcal disease.

Lane County Public Health says parents will likely have increased communication with their children this weekend, and the agency wants them to capitalize on it to help the vaccine effort.

An outbreak that started this winter killed 18-year-old Lauren Jones and sickened five other students.

A second mass vaccination clinic is set for this week at Matthew Knight Arena.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the university vaccinate nearly 22,000 people: all undergraduates as well as graduate students and faculty who live on campus or have compromised immune systems.

Lane County Public Health tells The Register-Guard that slightly fewer than 10,000 students have been vaccinated so far.

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