Meningitis shot required for some college students
A state requirement that took effect in January will protect firsttime college students living on campus from a potentially deadly disease: bacterial meningitis.
Meningococcal vaccine shots are available for $10 to students who are uninsured or underinsured at clinics that opened this month operated by the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department. Insured students can get shots to protect them from the contagious disease from their doctor.
The Legislature last year required the vaccine for new college students in Texas who plan to live on campus starting this January, but most students don’t start until the fall semester.
Meningitis, which is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, can be serious, causing deafness, blindness and brain damage. Symptoms include a high fever, headache and stiff neck.
The Texas Medical Association is mounting a campaign, Be Wise — Immunize, to educate doctors about the shot.
Those who qualify for the health department’s clinics can get the shots at three locations, and on various Saturdays in July and August. The venues are the Far South Health Clinic, 405 W. Stassney Lane; St. John Community Center, 7500 Blessing Ave.; and Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center, 2800 Webberville Road.
Appointments for shots, whether they are for students or adults, are required and can be made by calling 972-5520.
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