Some Pitt County Students May Have Gotten Bad Vaccine

Health officials say students at a Pitt County school have to get new meningitis vaccinations because a previous batch of vaccine may not have worked.

Some 134 students at Ayden Grifton High School received vaccine on February 13th, but officials say the vaccine was stored at an incorrect temperature.

County Health Director Dr. John Morrow says the vaccine that these students received poses no threat to the student's health. He says the concern is that students may not be adequately protected against meningococcal meningitis.

Meningitis is an infection in fluid around the brain and spinal cord. It can be fatal and the vaccine protects against four types of the disease.

The health department says the shots were given as part of a campaign to help students who would be going to college and living in dorms.
Vaccinations already given at three other county high schools were believed to be effective.