Groups urge UW-Madison to require meningitis B vaccine

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Immunization groups and the mother of a student who died from bacterial meningitis are urging UW-Madison to join two Big Ten campuses in requiring the meningitis B vaccine.

David Wahlberg
August 15, 2018
Wisconsin State Journal

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Immunization groups and the mother of a student who died from bacterial meningitis are urging UW-Madison to join two Big Ten campuses in requiring the meningitis B vaccine.

A leader of UW-Madison’s University Health Services says the university won’t join Indiana University and Purdue University in requiring the shot but urges students to talk to their doctors about it.

Three students at UW-Madison became seriously ill from meningitis B two years ago, prompting a campuswide vaccination campaign to combat the rare but potentially fatal disease.

Outbreaks around the country have led immunization groups to ask universities to require the B strain vaccine. This month, a coalition including immunization groups from all Big Ten university states except Iowa and Wisconsin sent letters asking campuses to join Indiana and Purdue, which this year adopted mandates

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