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State doctor's group urges meningitis vaccine for University of Maryland students

State doctor's group urges meningitis vaccine for University of Maryland students

The state’s largest doctor’s group called on the University of Maryland to require its students to get the meningitis B vaccine, joining other health advocates in making the request to Big Ten Conference schools.

The Maryland State Medical Society, or MedChi, said the life-threatening condition can spread easily in dormitories, classrooms and places where students are in close quarters.

The meningitis B strain has been the cause of most of the meningitis outbreaks at colleges and universities across the country, including multiple outbreaks last school year, MedChi said.

A spokesman for the University of Maryland System said each individual campus in the system sets...

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