Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis
Beginning January 2012, all new students, transfer students, and returning students who have had a fall or spring semester break in their attendance at an institution of higher education to provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination (or a booster dose). The bacterial meningitis vaccination must have been given during the preceding five year time period and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester. A student will be able to register for classes but if the evidence of vaccination is not turned in by the last day of registration, the student will be dropped from their courses.
The following is acceptable evidence of vaccination or receiving a booster dose:
- The signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel on a form which shows the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered;
- An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority; or
- An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state
Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast – so take utmost caution. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that causes meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. There is a treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities.
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