New Law Mandates Meningitis Vaccination for New College Students


POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 4:35pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 5:02pm

Students Must Be Vaccinated by 2012.

MCALLEN- Jamie Schanbaum was just like any other sophmore at UT Austin when out of nowhere her life changed. Within hours she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. A rare disease that spreads quickly causing organ failure, brain damage, amputations and even death.

"I didn't know this all could have been prevented," says Schanbaum. "It blows my mind. It's unfortunate that people still don't know and still suffer."

That's exactly why Jamie and her mother are on a mission. They stopped by STC's campus this afternoon to educate teenagers about the deadly disease. Meningitis is the #1 fastest killing disease. It's so serious that every new college student has to vaccinate before they graduate.

Texas is the first and only state in the U.S. implementing the Jamie Schanbuam law. Mandating new college students to get the vaccine. Something schools here in the upper valley are taking very seriously.

Parents need to pay attention. They have less than a month to make sure their child is vaccinated for enrollment. Since there is no cure for the disease and no real explanation as to where it comes from. School officials say
everyone should consider this very important vaccination.

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