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College student meningitis immunization

By Shelby Morris, Producer, smorris@wcyb.com
Published On: Feb 28 2013 03:57:37 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 28 2013 11:25:28 AM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Legislation that would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to show proof of immunization against meningitis is expected to be on the Senate floor Thursday.

The measure is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Lowe Finney of Jackson and House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley.  

Meningococcal meningitis can be spread through such contact as sharing drink bottles. Ten percent of people who contract the disease die - sometimes within 24 hours. 

Fitzhugh said a Middle Tennessee State University freshman died last year after contracting the disease. He said students who live in close quarters are more susceptible to the disease than others.