Updated September 6, 2016

  • Serogroup B meningococcal disease, sometimes referred to as “meningitis B”, can be deadly within hours or days of getting sick. It can also lead to severe disabilities, such as loss of limbs.
  • Based upon lab testing, the best protection against the specific outbreak strain is expected with the full 3-dose series of the meningitis B vaccine Trumenba®.
  • The meningitis B vaccine is different than the “ACWY” meningitis vaccine typically administered in junior high or high school and required by university housing (such as Menveo® or Menactra®). The meningitis ACWY vaccine does not protect against the bacteria which causes meningitis B.
  • If you previously received or will be receiving the meningitis ACWY vaccine for University housing, the meningitis B vaccine is still required to protect against meningitis B.
  • All Rutgers University–New Brunswick undergraduate students should receive the meningitis B vaccine Trumenba®. This includes all on-campus, off-campus, and commuter undergraduate students.
  • Students can be vaccinated at many NJ pharmacies or at doctors’ offices. Please bring your insurance card and prescription card with you.
  • Action Required: Verification of each meningitis B vaccine dose received or declination is required.

Student Trumenba® Vaccination Appointments at the Hurtado Health Center Can Be Scheduled Online.

Click here to schedule your Trumenba® vaccination appointment at nbstudenthealthportal.rutgers.edu (netID required).

  • Vaccinations are administered at the Hurtado Health Center.
  • Please bring your insurance card and RU ID.
  • All insurances accepted.
  • Summer fee is waived for Trumenba® appointments only.
  • The online appointment scheduler only works for continuing students. New students should call 848-932-7402 to get a Trumenba® vaccination appointment at the Hurtado Health Center.

While one or two doses of Bexsero® or Trumenba® will provide some short-term protection against the specific outbreak strain at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the best protection is expected to require completion of the full three-dose series of Trumenba® with the second dose given 1–2 months after the first and the third dose 6 months after the first.

About the Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB) Vaccine

The MenB vaccine is different than the meningococcal vaccine required of all students in University housing. The required vaccine for residential students only protects against serogroups A, C, W, and Y. It does not protect against serogroup B, which is the strain detected on campus in spring 2016.

To locate or confirm availability of Trumenba®, call your health care provider or local pharmacy, use the vaccine locator through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.vaccines.gov/getting/where/index.html, or call the Trumenba® Vaccine Locator Service at 1-800-683-8572.

As this has been classified as an outbreak setting, many insurance companies will cover the cost of the vaccine. You can confirm with your insurance company.

Trumenba® Stock Availability

New Jersey Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid pharmacies are reporting they have the Trumenba® vaccine in stock. Out-of-state Walgreens and Rite Aid pharmacies should be able to get Trumenba® through their distribution center within 24 hours. We will continue to provide updates on availability.

Please call your local pharmacy to confirm availability of Trumenba®.

Please Note:

  • Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS and Walmart pharmacies do not need prescriptions to administer the MenB vaccine.
  • Be sure to bring your insurance card and prescription card with you when you go to get vaccinated.
  • If using a different pharmacy than above, please check with that pharmacy to determine if a prescription is needed.

Vaccination Verification

All undergraduate students are required to either submit verification of receiving the vaccine series or sign a document containing information about meningococcal disease prevention and vaccination.

MenB Vaccination Forms

Complete Vaccination Form Packet (PDF)

MenB Vaccination Form Packet Individual Pages

Returning Completed Forms

Completed forms can be returned two ways:

By email: vaccine@rci.rutgers.edu

By mail:
Rutgers University
Attention: Immunizations
57 US Highway 1
New Brunswick, NJ 08901