The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has established new guidelines for the meningitis vaccine aimed at college freshmen living in residence halls. The American College Health Association (ACHA) supports their new guidelines. In an attempt to reduce the risk of this serious disease among the college population, we also advocate this effort.
Meningitis is a potentially life threatening bacterial infection. It can cause hearing loss, kidney failure, amputation of limbs, and permanent brain injury. The disease can progress rapidly causing serious problems in as little as 12 hours. Each year the disease strikes about 3000 people in the United States. Death occurs in approximately 10% of cases. With the vaccine, the majority of cases in college age population are preventable.
We require the meningitis vaccine for all new students living in our residence halls. Immunizations help decrease the risk of contracting serious diseases. We are aware reactions can occur with vaccinations. Most reactions are minimal and the vaccine is much safer than getting the disease.
If you have more questions regarding the meningitis vaccination please refer to the Meningitis Vaccination Educational Information (CDC) link, or contact Student Health Services at (316) 978-3620.
Upon moving into the residence halls, it is a requirement to sign a form stating that you have received the vaccination, or that you do not wish to receive the meningitis vaccination. If you have already received the vaccination from another provider, please provide a copy of the immunization card along with filling out the on-line meningitis verification/waiver form stating that you have already had the vaccination. If you decide you would like to receive the vaccination from SHS you may call us or your own promary care provider.
To request the location of a meningitis verification/waiver form, please come to Student Health Services, 209 Ahlberg Hall, or call (316) 978-3620 for more information about this form or fill out the on-line meningitis verification/waiver form. Please read carefully.
Meningococcal: Questions and Answers PDF File