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Meningitis vaccines soon required

Staff Reports

This fall the state will require all incoming seventh-graders and new students entering grades 7-12 be vaccinated against meningitis.

Immunizations are offered at Douglas County Community Health, 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. Walk-in vaccinations are available from 1 -4:30 p.m. Mondays, other days by appointment. For more information, contact 782-9038. Vaccinations are also available from primary caregivers.

The requirement takes effect beginning July 1, in time for the 2017-18 school year.

Symptoms of meningitis include headaches, stiff neck, light sensitivity, seizures, rash, nausea and vomiting. The disease is contagious.

"Nevada is one of about 40 states requiring it," said Sheila Story, chief nurse for Carson City School District. "Meningitis is more common in adolescents and young adults, so they should get vaccinated before they get into that age range."

Additionally, all students age 23 and younger enrolled as a freshman at Nevada universities will need to provide proof they received the meningitis vaccine on or after their 16th birthday, according to Immunize Nevada.