Vaccinations for college students pushed by sponsors

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Sponsors of bills in the Ohio House and Senate calling for meningitis vaccinations for college students have renewed a lobbying campaign following the sudden death of an 18-year-old last week.
The bills would require vaccinations for all students living on campus, unless they have signed a waiver.
The bills also would require colleges and universities to give students written information about the disease.
Meningococcal meningitis is caused by bacteria infecting the brain's lining or the bloodstream. It destroys organs and tissues in a matter of hours.
State Sen. Jeffry Armbruster of North Ridgeville said the death Friday of 18-year-old Nora Kress of Solon points out the importance of vaccination and education about the disease.
Kress died one day after she was hospitalized with a severe headache.
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