• Schools to require meningitis vaccine for students

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    A new law requiring meningitis vaccines for Illinois teens technically takes effect on New Year’s Day, although the rollout is vaccine going to be slow.

    The law requires students entering sixth and twelfth grade be inoculated or get booster shots. The state health department still has to develop rules for enforcing the law, so it’s likely that the requirement will kick in with the 2015-2016 school year.

    Most Illinois teenagers, 65-percent according to one recent federal survey, are already immunized against meningitis.