02/18/2015 04:39 EST | Updated 04/20/2015 05:59 EDT

526 students at Acadia University get vaccinated against meningitis

WOLFVILLE, N.S. - Nova Scotia health officials have administered more than 500 meningitis vaccines on the first day of an immunization campaign at Acadia University.

A spokeswoman with Annapolis Valley District Health says 526 people were vaccinated against the B strain of meningococcal meningitis.

Lesley Mulcahy says there will be other vaccination sessions Thursday and next week, when reading week is over and more students will be back on campus.

The province's chief public health officer said last week that the immunization program was needed after confirming there was an outbreak of the B meningitis strain at the school in Wolfville.

Two students were confirmed to have it, with one said to be recovering and the other dying on Feb. 1.

The free, two-dose vaccination program is available for all of the university's 3,500 students, as well as faculty and staff with certain medical conditions that put them at greater risk.