Legislature Votes to Require Meningitis Vaccine for School

ALBANY (AP) -

New York’s Legislature voted Thursday to add meningitis to the list of illnesses requiring immunizations for public and private school students. The list already includes polio, mumps, measles, rubella, whooping cough, diphtheria, Hepatitis B, chickenpox, Haemophilus influenza and pneumococcal disease.

The bill passed by the Assembly and Senate says that the meningitis vaccination is required for students entering seventh or 12th grades in September 2016. A single dose is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control at age 11 or 12 with a booster at age 16.