Governor McGreevey passes law requiring immunization against meningitis

(08/28/04) NEW BRUNSWICK - It's move-in day on Rutgers University's Livingston campus and already students had to pass their first test-getting a meningitis vaccine.

According to health officials, the mandatory vaccine will protect students from the potentially deadly meningococcal disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Parents say they applaud the move.

Governor McGreevey signed the requirement into law earlier this year after health officials showed an increased risk among students. Doctors say New Jersey's immunization measure should significantly decrease, if not eliminate, the threat of meningitis from college campuses statewide.

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