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Any senior at Woodrow Wilson that hopes to get into a college or university in Texas should be aware that they are required by state law to have a bacterial meningitis vaccine within the past five years. This law applies to every college student in Texas, regardless of size and whether they are attending a private or public institution.

This new law was put in place due to an increasing number of outbreaks of meningitis at Texas universities that resulted in the death or near-death of students. Before this new law was put into place, only students living in the dorms had to have the vaccine.

Meningococcal meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that can disable and even kill an otherwise healthy person within one day after the first symptoms appear. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has data that shows that the risk of getting meningitis increases in teens and young adults.

New college students, transfer students and students returning to college after taking a semester-long break or longer will need to provide documentation of the vaccine at least 10 days before classes begin. The only students that this law does not apply to are those over the age of 30.

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