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Meningococcal Immunization   

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Each degree-granting private postsecondary educational institution that provides on-campus housing in the state shall adopt a policy to notify all incoming students about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccination, beginning with the 2002-03 school year. The Legislature encourages those institutions to consider all of the following in adopting the policy (a) Providing information on meningococcal disease developed pursuant to Section 120395 to each prospective student who has been accepted for admission to the postsecondary institution prior to the student's matriculation into the institution. The information may include a response form with space in which to indicate that the prospective student has received the information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent one from contracting the disease. The form shall include space for the prospective student to indicate whether or not he or she has chosen to receive the vaccination, and a space for his or her signature.

(b) Requiring each prospective student to return to the postsecondary educational institution a form with a response as to whether or not the person received the information, and whether or not the person chooses to receive the vaccination.

(c) Maintaining the completed forms received from students in accordance with the institution's health care records policy.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the postsecondary educational institution to provide the vaccination to students.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 372, Sec. 1.)