Indiana state law requires Indiana University to inform enrolled students of the risks associated with meningococcal disease and the benefits of immunization. All students registered at IU Kokomo must acknowledge they understand the risks of the bacterial infection meningitis by completing the immunization compliance form on the Self Service page in OneStart (requires an IU Network ID).
The American College Health Association (ACHA) recommends that students consider vaccination to reduce their risk for potentially fatal meningococcal disease. ACHA suggests the following students should be immunized:
- Entering college students, particularly those living in dormitories or residence halls, who elect to decrease their risk for meningococcal disease.
- Non-pregnant undergraduate students 25 years of age or under requesting vaccination in order to decrease their risk for disease.
- Students with medical conditions that compromise immunity (e.g., HIV, absent spleen, antibody deficiency).
- Students traveling to areas of the world where meningococcal disease is more common.
**Source: Indiana University Health Center, 2004.
For more information on meningococcal meningitis, visit http://www.vaccineinformation.org/.
If you are interested in vaccination, contact your family physician. The cost of vaccination is approximately $73 - $90 (January 2009).