UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
BRYAN -- Heads up. You might want to make sure you get vaccinated with the all right shots before you go back to school in the fall.
That's because the senate passed a new bill requiring all college students to get the meningitis vaccination.
Before the bill was passed, only students living on campus were required to get the shot. But now any incoming college student in Texas is required to get the vaccine.
Meningitis, a rare bacterial disease, affects teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 to 21 the most. It often disguises itself as flu like symptoms and goes undetected until it's too late and that's why Julie Anderson, with the health department, says it's so important.
"In the beginning there kind of had to be an entry point and that's where they started with those living close together but the reality is that we are a very social society and college students are very close together and we are about to go to football season where we will have lots of reason to be congregate together, so it's a very important vaccine to have."
The Brazos County Health Department is offering meningitis vaccines at a discounted price.
It's five dollars for anyone under the age of 18 and just $15 for 18 and up.
Anderson is hoping the cheaper prices will encourage students to go ahead and get the shots early.
If you want to find out when you can get the shot, click here.