New Protocol

A new law taking effect this September designed to protect New Jersey college students against meningitis outbreaks were signed by legislators.

The legislation, revises the requirement for residential students in four-year institutions of higher education to receive immunization against meningococcal disease. Such immunization protocol will now follow more stringent federal guidelines laid out by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the law, if a college is experiencing an outbreak, the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine will be mandated to help prevent the spread of that strain of meningococcal disease.

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