Why meningitis vaccination is so important for college students? This educational and compelling video conveys the importance of young people receiving the meningococcal meningitis vaccine before going to college. Since adolescents ages 16 to 21 have the highest rates of meningococcal meningitis, the video tells the story of two college students: Nicolis Williams, a Texas A&M University student who died in early 2011 from the disease during his junior year, and Jamie Schanbaum, a University of Texas student who had both of her legs amputated because of meningitis in 2008.

All students entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose during the five-year period prior to enrolling. For more information, visit http://collegevaccinerequirements.com

Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research provides a valuable resource for understanding the increasingly complex issues of vaccination. To learn more about meningococcal vaccine, visit http://www.texaschildrens.org/Locate/Departments-and-Services/Vaccine/Types-of-Vaccines/Meningococcal/

The Texas Children’s book “Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story” tells 20 true stories of families who were seriously impacted by infectious diseases that are now prevented by vaccines. For more information on the book, visit http://www.texaschildrens.org/vaccinebook/

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Christina Leifeste · August 12, 2018 at 8:55 am

I wish the state's and government would also make employers accountable for a more sterile environment in the work place. I work in a call center with college age young adults. We don't have assigned cubicles and every day, you sit somewhere else. They do not provide dissinfecant wipes and your not allowed to bring your own. Your not allowed to bring anything into the production floor. So its a cesspoole of bacteria, germs you name it. Well just a month ago a young girl caught menangitis, so did her friend who she sits by at work. It freaked me out because I had it when I was a baby and I know how dangerous it is. When I complained, I was told that I am being too emotional. I've been looking for new employment.

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Shannon Biersack · August 12, 2018 at 8:55 am

What happened to me when I got bacterial meningitis is I was about 7, and one day when I was in school, I felt a pain right behind my eye. I was holding it in pain for 10 minutes before I told my teacher. I got a severe headache too that wouldn't go away, so they called my mom. After being in bed for a few days in absolute agony, my parents took me to the hospital. The doctors realised what was wrong and I was rushed to intensive care. A month later, I lost the use of the left side of my body. It completely ruined my life, so get your meningitis shot soon or you'll be at risk of feeling the most agonising pain possible and being scarred for life, or maybe even dying.
Get your shot today and it could save your life.

Carina Vilchis · August 12, 2018 at 8:55 am


thatsilly · August 12, 2018 at 8:55 am

R.I.P Nico, I'm so so sorry, I got my meningitis shot today, so glad I did.

Jessica Bunn · August 12, 2018 at 8:55 am

Miss you so much Nic. You are in my thoughts everyday…

Darshini Shah · August 12, 2018 at 8:55 am

Not a day goes by where I don't think of you. Love and miss you so much, Nic.

Get vaccinated.

taz997 · August 12, 2018 at 8:55 am

We miss you Nico.

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