Ohio students required to get Meningitis vaccine before school starts

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OHIO - Starting this school year, students going into 7th and 12th grades are required to have the Meningitis vaccine.

"Do you want to risk that your child may die from something that's totally preventable," said Dr. Macknin.

Although the vaccine has been around for years, the vaccine is now mandatory.

The new law, signed by Governor John Kasich last year, says all incoming 7th graders must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine and 12th graders must have a second dose.

The disease is easily spread through saliva and can be deadly.

"A lot of people carry this germ in their nose all the time and it doesn't bother them," said Dr. Macknin. "Why some people have it in their nose and have is spread to the rest of their body, particularly to their meningies, the coating around their brain and the spinal cord, often times, we're not really sure."

Doctors say the number of meningitis instances are on the decline, and health officials would like to keep it that way.

Any child with a religious or medical exemption does not have to get the vaccine.

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