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Mo. state law requiring Meningitis vaccine for college students takes effect

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A state law requiring that all students at Missouri colleges be vaccinated for meningitis took effect on July 1.

According to Dr. Susan Even at the Mizzou Student Health Center, a person who gets meningitis can become very sick quickly and early symptoms are similar to those of influenza.

Meningitis infections cause inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. Infants, middle school age children and 16 to 22-year-olds are most susceptible to meningitis, said Dr. Even in a press release.

"Young people who are in close contact with one another, whether they're in college residence halls or in other close settings in classrooms are also at high risk," said Dr. Even. "Parents, or maybe even physicians, in outlying towns across the country may not be as aware of the potential impact of a case of meningococcal disease."

Dr. Even said the new law makes sense for colleges to protect their students.

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