Meningitis Vaccine Mandatory For College Students
POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 5:39pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 10:31am
Colleges are in summer session now, but if you're headed to college any time soon, it's time to start thinking about the meningitis vaccine.
Every college students is required by law to get the shot.
Jamie Schanbaum got meningococcal meningitis when she was 19 during her first semester at college. In a matter of 14 hours, everything changed.
"Literally a life changing event occurred," Schanbaum said. "Instead of learning biology, I was learning how to walk."
Schanbaum said she saw her limbs turn black because the blood wasn't able to flow through. She lost her legs and every one of her fingers.
Her goal now is to educate people about the aggressive bacterial infection, meningococcal meningitis.
"What's crazy and unfortunate about this is that it could have been prevented, just with a vaccine," she said.
According to the national meningitis association, the deadly form of the infection affects about 1500 Americans each year.
Texas just became the only state that requires all new college students under age 30 to get the vaccine before they register for classes.
You can learn more information about the meningitis vaccine by talking to your doctor contacting your city's department of public health.