Update on Meningococcal Disease

Fees Instructions for Obtaining Credit

Program Information


Currently in the U.S., there are two college campuses that have been affected by separate outbreaks of meningococcal disease. This disease causes significant morbidity and mortality in patients who acquire the infection. Clinicians should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of the disease as well as be up to date on pre-hospital care for students with the illness. As part of emergency preparedness, a health service should think through how to respond to such a case prior to encountering one.

Intended Audience

  • Administrators
  • Physicians and Physician Assistants
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Students

Learning Objectives

The participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the spectrum of meningococcal disease.
  2. Describe the methods of diagnosing meningococcal disease.
  3. Describe goals of partnering with state and local health departments when an outbreak occurs.
  4. List steps to review your health service’s protocol for triage and referral of students with suspected meningococcal disease.


Alfred DeMaria, Jr., MD
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute

Jessica MacNeil, MPH
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch

David McBride, MD
University of Maryland, College Park, University Health Center Director

Carol Sulis, MD
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Program Planning Committee

Resolution of Potential Conflicts of Interest — Program Planning Committee:
Program Planning Committee members have completed conflict of interest statements regarding relationships with commercial entities. Each of the Program Planning Committee members have reported no relevant financial conflicts of interest.

Continuing Education Committee, Continuing Medical Education Subcommittee
Nell Davidson, MD
Case Western Reserve University

Continuing Nursing Education Subcommittee
Kathy MacLachlan, MS, ANP-BC
Syracuse University (retired)

Continuing Psychology Education Subcommittee
Michael Malmon, PhD
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Continuing Education for Certified Health Education Specialists Subcommittee
Kathy Saichuk, MA, MCHES
Louisiana State University

Continuing Education for National Certified Counselors Subcommittee
Joy Himmel, PsyD, PMHCNS-BC, LPC, NCC
Pennsylvania State University-Altoona

Clinical Medicine Section Representative
David McBride, MD
University of Maryland, College Park


There is no fee for viewing the webinar.

There is a fee* for each individual requesting continuing education credit. This is payable to ACHA and is required prior to receiving your CE certificate. This fee is non-refundable.

ACHA individual members at member institutions: FREE
ACHA individual members at a non-member institution: $15
Nonmembers: $25

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

It is estimated that it will require 1.5 hours to view the download of this program and complete the post-test and evaluation. (You will be asked to identify the type of credit you are requesting when you take the post-test.)

Step 1: View the recorded webinar. You may also view the webinar presentation material in PowerPoint [ppt] format or in Adobe Acrobat [pdf] format (please note that these are large files and may take a few minutes to download).

Step 2: Complete the post-test and evaluation form.

Step 3: Purchase CE creditException: ACHA individual members at member institutions receive free credit, so may skip this step.

Statements and Disclosures

Type of Continuing Education

  • CME: 1.5

About this Activity

Self-paced, archived version of a live webinar

This ACHA webinar was presented live on April 16, 2014, at 12:00 pm-1:30 pm Eastern. If you receive continuing education credit for the live webinar, you are not eligible for additional credit.

Important Dates

Released: April 16, 2014
Expires: December 31, 2017


  • The American College Health Association (ACHA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    ACHA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 ™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Off-Label Product Use

This educational activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Policy on Continuing Education Post-Tests

It is the policy of the American College Health Association that when a post-test is required upon completion of a continuing education activity, participants must receive a passing grade of 80%. If participants receive a grade lower than 80%, they will be given the opportunity to re-take the post-test one time. If they receive 80% or higher the second time, they will be awarded continuing education credits/contact hours for the activity. Note: you may view and print the post-test (see Step 2 below) prior to viewing the download.

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about health-care products or services of a commercial company with which she/he has a financial relationship.

The planners and presenters of this activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.