Make colleges require Men- B vaccinations.

Make colleges require Men- B vaccinations.

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TJ Foster started this petition to University of South Carolina

Meningitis B is a rare form of Meningitis. Once a person has been hit with the virus it causes the lining around the brain to swell and causes the spinal cord to become inflamed. It can easily be spread around by kissing, sharing food and beverages, being coughed or sneezed on by someone who may have it, and just in general close contact. The symptoms are flu like: fever, body ache, body chills, nausea, etc. Once a person contracts the disease, it doesn't take long for it to take a deadly turn. Anyone can get MenB, but it's common in those who are 18-24 because those are the years they are generally around a bunch of people from all over the world. The survival rate for severe cases are up to 90% and the less severe survival rate is up to 20%. Unfortunately, the survival rate for meningitis isn’t high at all. Those who do survive the disease experience a life long amount of complications such as, becoming blind, deaf, frequent seizures, loss of limbs and muscle function.

Recently, there have been more and more college students dying from the vaccine preventable disease, which is personally a huge issue for me. College students should be networking, meeting new people, and trying to become successful in life, not worrying about becoming another statistic. Most colleges only require vaccinations for MenACWY, but not for MenB since it's not as common as the other forms. Over 50+ colleges in the US have reported Meningitis, but 31 of those schools have reported MenB specifically. My goal from this is to bring awareness to this issue and to hopefully be able to combat the disease. For more information, please visit https://meningitisbactionproject.org/

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