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College health directors want meningitis vaccine for all



The student health directors for Florida's 11 public universities are recommending that all incoming students - not just those moving into dorms or campus Greek houses - be required to get the meningitis vaccine.

And while there should still be exemptions for religious or personal reasons, health directors said Wednesday they believe too many students are being granted waivers. Their recommendations come just days after a 19-year-old USF student died of bacterial meningitis.

USF officials can't disclose whether Rachel Futterman got her vaccine, but USF president Judy Genshaft wants to make it mandatory for all students, starting as early as January if the university has the authority to do so.

A Board of Governors committee is voting on the recommendations this afternoon, and if approved they'll go on to the full board during its meeting in Tallahassee tomorrow.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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