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Doctors advise parents after changes to meningitis B vaccination requirements

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Burgert says some colleges do not require the vaccine but she is seeing many parents come in and request it for their teenager. (KCTV5) Burgert says some colleges do not require the vaccine but she is seeing many parents come in and request it for their teenager. (KCTV5)
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A new alert has been issued for about the vaccinations incoming college students now need and it’s something doctors think parents should consider.

College is a new environment. Teens will be living in close quarters with possibly thousands of other students, being exposed to all sorts of new things, including viruses and diseases.

Dr. Natasha Burgert says she encourages parents to make sure their college students are up to date on all vaccinations. While university requirements can vary, she recommends vaccinations for whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus, measles, mumps and rubella.

Burgert also says, when it comes to meningitis, there has been a change to the 2017 requirements.

“What’s new this year, is the meningitis B vaccine,” Burgert said. “Meningitis B is a different type of meningitis that can make college kids sick really quickly, and we haven’t had the opportunity to vaccinate them against this disease in the past.”

She says some colleges do not require the vaccine but she is seeing many parents come in and request it for their teenager.

Burgert says a common mistake is waiting too long to get vaccinated. She says many of the vaccinations take a while to kick in or require a series of shots. So, it’s best to get started on the vaccination process as soon as possible.

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