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Meningitis B (Update January 22, 2018)

Over the past few months two more Universities have reported Meningitis B outbreaks on campus. Rider University does not currently require the Meningitis B vaccine (nor does the State of New Jersey). With the recent outbreaks we recommend that students speak with their health care providers to determine if the vaccine is right for them. For more information about Meningitis B please click on the links below.

Symptoms of Meningitis

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Photophobia (eyes being more sensitive to light)
  • Confusion


Rabies (Update January 22, 2018)

Recently more than a dozen people were potentially exposed to a kitten with rabies in New Jersey. The stray kitten was adopted and later found to have rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus found in the saliva of the rabid animal. There was also a case of a raccoon attacking a person and their dog with rabies. It can be transmitted by a bite, scratch or contact with the infected saliva. Symptoms can develop anywhere from 12 days to six months after exposure. If left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death.

While rabid animals typically are aggressive or appear disoriented some rabid animals may show no signs.  For more information about rabies please click on the links below.


Health and Safety Recommendations, SFPA/WCC Students

LGBTQ Resources



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