Beginning Fall 2013, all students under age 22 who are enrolling in a TBR institution for the first time regardless of the level at which the student is matriculating AND who will be living in on-campus housing, must show proof of adequate immunization against meningitis prior to moving into on-campus housing. “Adequate Immunization” means students must have been vaccinated on or after their 16th birthday. Students will not receive their housing assignment unless proof of vaccine is on file with Health Services.
Meningitis is a serious disease that strikes very quickly, but it can be prevented. Anyone can get meningitis. Lifestyle factors seem to link the disease to young adults. College students who live in dormitories or dorm-like settings are at an increased risk of contracting meningitis.
Meningitis is frequently misdiagnosed because its symptoms are much like the symptoms of the flu or migraine. Symptoms of meningitis include sudden high fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and discomfort looking into bright lights. In some people, a rash may appear after the disease has taken hold. Other people may experience seizures.
Symptoms can progress very quickly. If any of these symptoms are present and are sudden and severe, don't wait! Seek medical help immediately. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.