Meningitis

Missouri law requires that students residing on-campus sign that they have received information on the risks of meningitis, the effectiveness of the meningococcal vaccine, and either receive the vaccine or waive out of receiving the vaccine. For more information about meningitis and the vaccine, visit the CDC website.  

What is next?

You must provide a copy of your meningitis vaccination record to the housing director. This applies for any student living in housing.

You can find that form HERE

How can I learn more about this type of meningitis?

http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/pdf/MCVFactSheet.pdf

Exemptions

If you wish to claim a religious or medical exemption:

  1. Submit a waiver request for medical exemption. Signed certification by a physician licensed under Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 334 indicating that either the immunization would seriously endanger the student’s health or life or the student has documentation of the disease or laboratory evidence of immunity to the disease.

Missouri Revised Statute 174.335 went into effect on August 28, 2014:174.335. 1. Beginning with the 2004-05 school year and for each school year thereafter, every public institution of higher education in this state shall require all students who reside in on-campus housing to have received the meningococcal vaccine unless a signed statement of medical or religious exemption is on file with the institution's administration. A student shall be exempted from the immunization requirement of this section upon signed certification by a physician licensed under chapter 334 indicating that either the immunization would seriously endanger the student's health or life or the student has documentation of the disease or laboratory evidence of immunity to the disease. A student shall be exempted from the immunization requirement of this section if he or she objects in writing to the institution's administration that immunization violates his or her religious beliefs.2. Each public university or college in this state shall maintain records on the meningococcal vaccination status of every student residing in on-campus housing at the university or college.3. Nothing in this section shall be construed as requiring any institution of higher education to provide or pay for vaccinations against meningococcal disease.(L. 2003 S.B. 686 § 1, A.L. 2014 S.B. 567 merged with S.B. 716 merged with S.B. 754)