Meningitis Information

A new state law went into effect October 1, 2013, that requires ALL new students under the age of 22 to show proof of meningococcal vaccination within the last 5 years.

Meningitis is a serious infection of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord that can be fatal in as little as 48 hours and may leave survivors with permanent disabilities. Therefore, prevention of this disease is imperative, and it requires early diagnosis and treatment.

Although no vaccine offers 100% protection, the meningococcal vaccine offers the most complete protection against bacterial meningitis.

In order to register for classes, all students under the age of 22 must properly complete and submit one of the following compliance documents:

  • a vaccination certificate,
  • a doctor's note exempting the student due to health risks,
  • or an exemption affidavit due to reasons of conscience (PDF).

Documents can be sent to

For more general information about Meningitis, please refer to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

If you have further questions, please contact