Dorm dwellers urged to get shots

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Dorm dwellers urged to get shots
Mon, 08-18-2003 - 6:53pm

Ryan Hockensmith says he was just a typical college student in 1999 -- young, athletic, oblivious to the frailty of life and pretty much blending in with Penn State's 40,000 other students.

But after he got hit with a bacterial illness he had had little reason to think about -- meningococcal disease -- he nearly died, and his case became frighteningly well-known on Penn State and other college campuses.

As Hockensmith, now 25, prepares for his fourth amputation this fall, he urges college students not to fear the prick of a needle and a potentially life-saving vaccine.

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 12:13pm

*****Additionally, students should be segregated in dorms by their Meningitis C Vaccine status.