Source: Star-Telegram (TX)
By: Smith, Diane
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill that lowers the meningitis vaccination age requirement for college students to 22. The vaccination legislation aligns the college student meningitis immunization rules with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new law takes effect Oct. 1, and will affect students applying for college during the spring 2014 semester. Immunization requirements for college students were previously expended under the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act. The age threshold for that law was 30 unless students were enrolled in online classes only. “Aligning the law with the CDC recommendations will ensure that those most at risk are protected from this devastating disease,” said Anna Dragsbaek, president and CEO of the Immunization Partnership in Houston.