Meningitis and Meningococcal Infection
“Act 1233 of 1999 requires colleges and universities in Arkansas to notify students and their parents or guardians of the increased risk of meningococcal disease among students who live in close quarters, such as college or university dormitories. The Act also requires the college or university to advise the students and their parents or guardians that a vaccination is available against this potentially fatal disease. The Act does not prescribe the method of notification. The Act became effective on July 30, 1999.”
The symptoms of this disease are often mistaken for those of influenza; high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and lethargy. A rash however, indicates bleeding under the skin, evidence that the blood vessels are beginning to collapse—a late sign of meningococcemia. However, if the disease is caught early, it can be treated with antibiotics. Brochures on Meningitis vaccinations are available in the EACC Counseling Center and in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.