Today’s News in Futility
There is a health problem at Princeton, apparently meningitis is a risk to the university population, so
response is this.
Fearing the spread of a meningitis outbreak that has caused seven people at Princeton University to be hospitalized this year, university officials have warned students to stop sharing drinks and to avoid kissing.
Right. Students should stop kissing. Next they the school will ask them to do things like go to class, study, and takes tests. Just another illustration on how out of touch from reality anyone is who is associated with higher education.
On a more serious note the university is considering using a foreign vaccine, one not approved for use in the
New Jersey law, meningitis vaccinations are already required for
almost all undergraduates at Princeton and
other four-year colleges in the state. But the strain of the illness at
Princeton — serogroup B — is not covered by the vaccine that is widely
available in the and that protects against most
strains of the disease United
Another vaccine, Bexsero, does, but has been approved only by authorities in Europe and
In response to the Princeton outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have
received special permission from the Food and Drug Administration to import
Bexsero. The university’s trustees could decide as early as Monday whether to
distribute it, Martin Mbugua, a university spokesman, said. Barbara Reynolds, a
C.D.C. spokeswoman, said the vaccination would be voluntary. Australia
And after the crisis has passed maybe Princeton could study the situation and try to explain to the rest of us why a vaccine approved in Europe and
and presumably safe and effective is not approved in this country. Oh, we're America, if we don't approve of something, it ain't approved.