Wisconsin Immunization Program
College students and meningococcal disease
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College freshman, in particular those who live in dormitories or
residence halls, are at moderately increased risk for meningococcal
disease as compared to individuals of the same age not attending
college. The closed setting, combined with high risk behaviors (such as
alcohol consumption, sharing of food and beverages, and exposure to
smoke) may put college students at a greater risk for infection.
Wisconsin, Act 61 enacted on October 16, 2003, requires college
students to be informed about meningococcal disease and hepatitis B.
Check with your physician or local health department on the
availability of meningococcal vaccine.
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January 23, 2014