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DCHHS Gets New Shipment Of Meningitis Vaccine

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Good news for residents in Dallas County. On Thursday, Dallas County Health and Human Services announced that they received another shipment of the meningitis vaccine. Last week DCHHS had run out of the vaccine.

The rush on meningitis shots was spurred by Senate Bill 1107 which went into effective January 1, 2012. The law requires all new, transfer and returning college students, under the age of 30, to have documentation proving they’ve received the bacterial meningitis vaccination.

Officials with DCHHS said the new shipment will allow more students to meet enrollment requirements.

The cost of the vaccine, as part of the Adult Safety Net Program, is $10. The normal cost of the vaccine is $150.

Health officials say college students are especially at risk for meningococcal meningitis because of their age and the number of young people often living in close quarters.

Bacterial meningitis is caused when the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord becomes infected and inflamed. Coughing, sneezing, kissing and sharing personal items can spread the disease from person to person.

Until January 31, DCHHS will offer the meningitis vaccine to students 19 years old and older on the first floor of the DCHHS building, located at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway.

Again, the $10 vaccines will be available while supply lasts.

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