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Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Director Eddie Olivarez was recently asked to discuss the new legislation on Bacterial Meningitis with McAllen ISD Community Information Specialist, Mark Mays. Mr. Olivarez discussed the importance of the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act. He also discussed a recent "Meningitis Awareness Event" held at South Texas College with guest speaker Jamie Schanbaum, one of the law's namesakes and meningitis survivor.
Effective January 1, 2012, the “Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act” - Texas Senate Bill 1107, will require all entering students (under age 30) at public and private or independent institutions of higher education to have an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five-year period preceding, or at least 10 days prior to, the first day of the semester.
Jamie Schanbaum, one of the law’s namesakes, delivered a presentation on her experience as a meningitis survivor to students from STC and McAllen ISD as part of the “When Seconds Count Campaign.” Meningitis is a deadly disease which spreads quickly and within hours of the first symptoms can cause organ failure, brain damage, amputations of limbs, or death. Jamie's mother, Patsy Schanbaum, was also on hand to speak about Senate Bill 1107 and future federal legislation which they are working on proposing with several organizations.
The Hidalgo County Health Department, in coordination with South Texas College and McAllen ISD, hosted a Meningitis Vaccination presentation and clinic on Friday, December 9, 2011 at the Cooper Center for Communication Arts (3200 W. Pecan Blvd. – McAllen Campus). The purpose of the presentation was to raise awareness about a new state requirement aimed at preventing bacterial meningitis to students 18 and under who are attending STC and students from McAllen ISD who have not yet received the immunization.
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