Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know (pdf)
July 24, 2006
We are proud to welcome you to the Jaguar Nation! We look forward to having you on campus this fall as you begin your academic career at one of the fastest growing two-year institutions in the country.
This communication is to make you aware of a new requirement for incoming freshmen. Beginning with the upcoming Fall 2006 semester, incoming freshmen must be vaccinated against meningitis to enroll at any Louisiana public or private college or university. In accordance to legislation passed (Acts 251 and 711) during the 2006 Regular Legislative Session, all first-time freshmen are required to show proof of having received the meningococcal vaccine or provide a properly executed waiver. Please note that this new requirement is in addition to the current immunization requirements.
Meningitis, which can be spread through viruses, bacteria and fungi, is an infection of the brain and spinal cord. The disease is not highly contagious, but can be spread through sharing food, beverages or cigarettes and intimate kissing. The disease can be fatal, and bacterial meningococcal meningitis is the most deadly form of the disease. More details are provided in the enclosed meningococcal vaccines information sheet.
We encourage you to go to your personal physician to receive the vaccine prior to beginning the fall semester. Please be reminded that new student registration is August 22, 2006. If you have questions or have concerns, please feel free to contact the admissions department at (318) 670-6426.
Dr. Sharon F. Green
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
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