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College Students and the New Meningitis Law

Still confused about the new meningitis law for college students? Read on…

According to the Texas Medical Association, a new state law requires any college student who lives on or off campus in Texas to get the meningitis vaccine. It applies to students under age 30 who will attend classes on campus. The law takes effect January 1, 2012.

Meningococcal disease, more commonly known as meningitis, is a deadly bacterial infection that spreads through coughing and sneezing, sharing drinks or utensils, and kissing or other person-to-person contact. College students are particularly vulnerable because they come together from different area and live in close quarters.

College officials are encouraging students to get immunized by October because they may not be eligible to register for Spring classes if they are not immunized.

More information about the meningitis, click on the Texas Medical Association web site.

Jamie Schanbaum shares when she contracted meningitis in 2008 while at UT. She eventually lost her legs and most of her fingers. Read her story at