Meningitis Vaccination

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 percent of cases. With a vaccine, the majority of cases in the college-aged 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. Call 316-978-3620.

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Meningitis verification / waiver form

Each first-time resident of a University residence hall shall be required to submit one of the following:

  • Proof of Meningitis Vaccination in the form of an official vaccination record. This documentation must be submitted within fifteen (15) days of occupancy of a University residence hall.

  • A completed Meningitis Waiver Form indicating their knowledge of the risks of bacterial meningitis and their refusal to be vaccinated. This option is accessed through the housing application process.

Submit copies of shot records Student Health by email, fax or regular mail.

Email - student.health@wichita.edu
Fax to Student Health at 316-978-3517
Mail to:  Student Health Services  1845 Fairmount, Box 92, Wichita KS  67260-0092

If you have not had the meningitis vaccination or have not received a booster dose given after the age of 16, you can receive the vaccine at your primary care physician or through Student Health Services. Please contact us that the number listed above for more information. 

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