OSHKOSH - Renewed health concerns on college campuses this week.
That's after a 21-year-old UW-Madison student died from bacterial meningitis.
Most college students hear about meningitis--the often serious illness that causes inflammation of brain and spinal cord tissues.
"From what I hear it's very contagious in the big dorms so they want to keep you from getting that," said UW-Oshkosh Freshman Scott Brugioni.
But some fear of the disease has increased since a fatal case in the state.
UW-Madison Senior Henry Mackaman slipped into a coma this past week after coming down with the bacterial meningitis.
The 21-year-old was declared brain dead on Wednesday.
His family says he had been vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control Web site says bacterial meningitis is often the most severe form of the disease.
"Vaccination is the best prevention for meningitis, especially when you complete the whole series. However, there are some strains of meningitis that are not in the vaccine," said Miki Gould, an infection preventionist with ThedaCare.
UW-Oshkosh officials say many of their students are vaccinated, and they haven't had any severe cases of meningitis lately.
"I think we had a viral case four or five years ago, which is very different than the case Madison has," said Petra Rotter.
Rotter is the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at UW-Oshkosh. She says students living in all residence halls in Wisconsin must report whether they've had a meningitis vaccine.
"We're one of the few states that doesn't have that mandatory kind of registry," said Rotter.
Here on the UW Oshkosh campus, many students we spoke with say they've been educated on the dangers of meningitis.
"I thought it was important because I didn't want to get contagious and sick like that," said freshman John Stanley.
But not all opted to get the shot.
"I was vaccinated when I was younger but I don't remember the last time I was vaccinated. I don't think it was an absolute requirement like an ACT score," said freshman Casey Brezski.
UW-Oshkosh officials say a limited number of vaccines are available through student health services.
But, students need to make appointments in advance, and pay a fee.
There has also been a bacterial meningitis fatality in the Los Angeles area this week.
About four thousand cases of meningitis happen each year nationwide.
On average, 500 of those patients die from their infections.
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