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/