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6 Indiana universities will require meningitis B vaccine

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Posted at 1:21 AM, Jun 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-01 01:21:53-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Six Indiana universities will now require incoming students to be vaccinated against meningitis B.

According to a release from Beware of B, an organization spreading awareness about meningitis B on college campus, Butler, Earlham, Marian, Valparaiso, St. Mary of the Woods and the University of Evansville added the vaccination to their health requirements for new students.

The six universities join Ball State, Indiana State, Purdue, the University of Indianapolis and Rose Hulman in requiring a meningitis B vaccination. The release said Indiana has more universities than any other state that make the vaccination a prerequisite.

There were 11 confirmed cases of meningitis B at universities across the country during the 2018-19 school year.

A student a Florida Community College died from the illness, and the release said meningitis B has been responsible for 100% of all meningococcal outbreaks on U.S. college campuses since 2011.