New vaccine requirements coming for CCSD, Nevada college students

New law takes effect June 30th

LAS VEGAS - Clark County's next class of seventh graders and freshman at state colleges will need to meet new vaccination requirements before beginning classes in the 2017-18 school year.

The new immunization requirements are part of a law, signed by Gov. Sandoval last year, that begins June 30th and applies to students across Nevada.

Families will need to show proof that students are up-to-date on the meningitis vaccine.  Meningitis is a disease that effects that brain and spinal cord, which can lead to sever harm or even death.

Meningitis is highly infectious and anyone can catch it.  However, some groups are at more risk than others.  According to the non-profit group, Immunize Nevada, 21% of meningitis cases are among preteens and young adults, between the ages of 11 and 24-years-old.

Nevada's new law requires children enrolling in seventh grade after June 30, 2017 show proof of immunization against meningitis.  The requirement also effects incoming university freshman under the age of 23.

The law does not apply to students enrolled in Nevada schools before July 1, 2009.

Patients can receive the meningitis vaccine from their primary doctor, pharmacists, and the Southern Nevada Health District.


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