Meningitis vaccinations could become mandatory for many college students in Florida. That's what a board of health directors with Florida's university system is recommending for incoming students.
It comes after the recent death of a University of South Florida student from the contagious bacterial infection. Southwest Georgia health professionals say high-risk college students should consider getting vaccinated.
"It is something that certainly should be considered because, just by being the nature of the beast being in a dormitory or in close contact with other people. The set up for spreading disease, and you get a bunch of people together coughing, and sneezing there is just an increased risk of spreading disease"said Emergency Room Director Dr. David Ferner.
The disease is spread through sharing drinks or utensils, kissing, sneezing and coughing. Some of the symptoms may include high fever, a headache, stiff neck, vomiting and exhaustion.