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Meningitis immunization proof may soon be necessary for college students

By Derek Stetzler, Producer, dstetzler@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 04 2013 05:05:43 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 04 2013 01:19:50 PM CST

Legislation that would require prospective college students to show proof of meningitis immunization is set to hit the Senate floor Monday.

Last week saw a delay for this legislation, sponsored by Sen. Lowe Finney of Jackson, Tennessee and House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley. A reason for the delay has not been announced.

According to Fitzhugh, a Middle Tennessee State University student died after contracting Meningitis, which can be deadly in as little as twenty-four hours.