New state law requires meningitis vaccine for new college students

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by Stacia Willson / KENS 5

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Posted on January 3, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 4 at 8:16 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A new Texas law called the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act is named in honor of two students who were stricken by meningitis in Texas.

Senate Bill 1107 requires that new college students under the age of 30, transfer students, and students who have been away from school for a semester or more show proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination before attending class.

Anyone whose vaccination is more than five years old must get a booster for the potentially deadly disease.

Local clinics have stocked up on the vaccine and medical experts are hoping the new law will help prevent potential cases.

The new law took effect Monday.  On average, 12 college students die of bacterial meningitis each year in the United States.

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