As previously reported after the 6th case of meningococcal group B disease in a University of Oregon student, Oregon Governor Kate Brown released the Public Service Announcement (PSA) this past Tuesday.

 Gram-negative Neisseria meningitidis diplococcal bacteria/CDC
Gram-negative Neisseria meningitidis diplococcal bacteria/CDC

In the PSA, Brown encourages students to get vaccinated against the serious and potentially deadly bacterial infection. She also reminds those that have been vaccinated to ensure to they complete the vaccine series for full protection.

The University of Oregon reports that nearly 10,000 students have received the first dose in a vaccination series and the second shot in the 3-shot series is scheduled in a mass vaccination campaign next month.

“We are very thankful for Gov. Brown’s support of our efforts to protect our student body,” said Michael Eyster, executive director of the University Health Center. “I continue to be impressed with the collaboration across public and private organizations that have occurred throughout this process.”

To date, six UO students have fallen ill with the B strain of meningitis, including student-athlete Lauren Jones, who died of the illness in February.