College students and meningitis vaccinesHEALTH NOTES: August is National Immunization Awareness Month and this week focuses on vaccines needed for college students.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and this week focuses on vaccines needed for college students. This month also is Meningitis Awareness Month. The Minnesota Department of Health reminds parents and college students to make appointments for needed vaccines before school starts, including that for the meningococcal vaccine.
College students, especially those who live in dorms, have a higher risk for meningitis than other people the same age. When you enroll in college in Minnesota, you might need proof that you’ve been vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria.
Students who graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later are exempt from the requirements because they already met them as a high school student. Minnesota laws also require post-secondary schools to provide students with information on the transmission, treatment and prevention of meningococcal disease and hepatitis A, B, and C.