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Student Death from Meningitis Highlights Vacccination Debate

September 26th, 2007 by flanews

The death of a nineteen year old University of South Florida student from meningitis is raising awareness of the dangerous virus.
School policy requires, when students enroll they must be made aware of the dangers of meningitis and what they can do to protect themselves.
While a vaccination is recommended by school health official, students do not have to receive the injection.

School officials remind students there are situations in college settings that can lead to the spreading of the virus, so they recommend getting the vaccination.
“Crowded conditions, sharing utensils, sharing cigarettes, sharing glasses, these are all areas that can spread infection.” said
Florida State Student Health Center Director Lesley Sacher.

FSU student Candace Fitzgerald says she got the vaccine because it is the right thing to do. ” I think it’s silly if you don’t get it. I don’t remember how much it cost but I think it was covered by my insurances, so it’s worth not getting sick I think.”

Health officials also remind students, washing your hands frequently is also a good way to protect yourself from the spread of germs.

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