Meningitis Vaccinations High in Wisconsin

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Even while U.S. numbers lags, vaccinations for meningitis is high in Wisconsin.

A government survey finds that about 12 percent of teens get the relatively-new vaccine.

But Wisconsin has higher compliance, in part because of a state law passed after a student died of the infection.

Wisconsin college students aren't required to get the shot, which usually costs around $90.

Craig Roberts - an epidemiologist with the University Health Services in Madison - says three-fourths of incoming freshmen are vaccinated.

Five years ago, a student attending UW-Madison died of meningitis.

Legislators in 2003 passed a law requiring post-secondary schools to tell students about the illness.

The Centers for Disease Control recently said that children as young as 11 should get the shot, which protects against 60 percent of the strains known to cause the infection.

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