Doctors urge Georgia college students to get Meningitis B vaccine

Four physician groups in Georgia will hand-deliver a letter to University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley Wednesday to urge him to encourage students to get a new meningitis vaccine.

The Georgia State Medical Association, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians want to make it clear that most teenagers and young adults are not protected against meningitis B.

Georgia law requires public and private university students living in on-campus housing to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease, but it is likely that students are protected against just four of the five strains of meningitis.

Meningitis B protection requires a separate, relatively new vaccine.

“Many of our students…