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Meningitis Vaccine Mandatory For College Students


POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 5:39pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:00pm

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.

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Meningitis does not stop at the dorm room door. For more information on this law and meningitis visit .
Going to College in Texas:

I am the mother of an only child, Ryan, who died from of meningococcal meningitis & founder/national executive director of Meningitis Angels. .
Each year in this country infants, children, teens and young adults are left seriously debilitated from meningococcal disease. Some with the loss of limbs and their faces. Some are left with severe organ damage, seizure disorder, brain damage, digestive disorders, anemia, blindness, deafness, and more. Worse, some die.
Some early signs of the disease are unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands & feet & abnormal skin color. These can develop within (12 hours) after infection long before the more classic signs of the illness such as a rash, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and impaired consciousness and death.
Texas also requires the meningococcal vaccine for those entering middle school and a booster shot is recommended for age 16 when disease risk is highest. Talk to your health care provider.

Meningitis Angels National Photo Contest (I Took the SHOT)

You should also make a note for all students and families that the vaccine is offered for $10 dlls at the local city vaccination clinics around El Paso. Wallgreens charges an outrageous fee of $129.99 that is taking advantage of students who are already trying to cope with the burden of tuition and and book costs.

Where can I get the vaccine for 10$ ?

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