Students entering 7th or 12th grade now required to get meningitis vaccine

Beginning Sept. 1, all public and private school students statewide, entering 7th or 12th grades, must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease (types A, C, W and Y) in order to attend school. Meningococcal disease is a rare but dangerous disease that strikes without warning, according to the state Department of Health. It can cause meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spi…

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