Bacterial Meningitis in College Students

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), college freshmen have an increased risk of contracting and suffering from bacterial meningitis when compared to others of similar age who do not live in college dorms.

Pennsylvania law* requires that students attending colleges in Pennsylvania and living on campus be educated about the dangers of bacterial meningitis and be vaccinated against the disease.  Proof of vaccination must be provided to the college.

Meningitis symptoms in adults include fever, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck. College students experiencing any of these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention for a diagnosis.

*Source: Immunization Action Colation, Vaccination Information for Healthcare Professionals, State Information, Meningococcal Prevention Mandates for Colleges and Universities