A new state law will affect several college students here on the South Plains.
Starting this year all new incoming students under the age of 30, or those who have been off for more than a semester, are required to show proof of a meningitis vaccine before they can start classes.
Students must have proof of vaccination within the last 5 years within 10 days before the start of class.
The deadline is coming up quickly for area universities:
Texas Tech University starts on Jan. 19
South Plains College starts on Jan. 17
Lubbock Christian University starts on Jan. 9
Wayland Baptist University starts on Jan. 11
Meningitis can be deadly and college students are at risk, simply because they're around so many other students on campus.
The Minor Emergency Clinic on 52nd street and University avenue reports seeing an increase in calls this year because of the new law.
Andrea Rangel, dean of admissions and records at South Plains College, says students are having trouble finding available vaccines.
Covenant Hospital offers vaccinations at several of their clinics, but a spokesperson says to call and make an appointment to ensure the availability of the vaccine.
A network of doctors affiliated with UMC offer a walk-in vaccination at their Living Well Express Centers inside the United Supermarket locations at 82nd and Boston and 50th and Avenue Q.
The city's health department has already used up their supply of vaccine.
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