Texas Law Requires Meningitis Vaccine for College Students

POSTED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 12:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 11:34pm

EL PASO- A new Texas law requiring all new students under the age of 30 to be immunized against Meningitis means some area students will need to update their vaccine records.

Senate Bill 1107, also known as the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act, will mean that incoming students at area colleges and universities will be required to provide documentation showing they have been immunized against the disease. The bill was named after two Texas college students who contracted the disease. Williams died as a result.

“We want all students at area colleges and universities to not only comply with the new requirements, but also understand why vaccination is so important,” said Michael Hill, Public Health Director. “Freshmen college students, and those who live in dormitories, are especially susceptible to this disease,” he added.

Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.  About 1,000 cases of meningitis are reported annually in the United States, but more than 10 percent of these cases have resulted in the patient’s death. The last reported case in El Paso was in 2009.

All first-time students, transfer students, and returning students who have taken the most recent long semester off from college must receive the vaccination at least 10 days before the first day of the semester they are enrolled in. Students who have gotten the vaccination during a five-year period preceding the start of classes do not need to be re-vaccinated.

To learn more about the requirements or to check on vaccine availability, you can call 771-5733 or one of the DPH Immunization Clinics listed on our website: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/health/immunization.asp


 

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For further information, visit the MFA website at www musa org.

Thank you,
MFA
Box 1818
El Mirage AZ 85335
480 270 2652
World Meningitis Day 24 April 2012
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Educate~Vaccinate~Eradicate

This is crazy! 1000 cases per year in the whole united states and only 100 deaths justifies mandated vacinations. It sounds like big pharma has made some investment in law makers and polititicians.

For further information, visit the MFA website at www musa org.

Thank you,
MFA
Box 1818
El Mirage AZ 85335
480 270 2652
World Meningitis Day 24 April 2012
www comoonline org
Educate~Vaccinate~Eradicate

. In addition to supporting vaccination & preventing meningitis, the MFA provides information to educate the public & medical professionals so that the early diagnosis, treatment &, most important, prevention of meningitis, will save lives. Meningitis is a dangerous & often times fatal inflammation of the brain &/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems MFA would like to be considered as a news resource for the disease.

The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), a national organization, would like the public & media to know that information is available regarding the diagnosis, treatment & prevention of meningitis. MFA was founded in 1997 by parents whose children were affected by meningitis.

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