|The Ohio Revised Coded (ORC) Section 1713.55 states that beginning with the academic year that commences on or after July 1, 2005, and institution of higher education shall not permit a student to reside in on-campus housing unless the student (or parent if the student is younger than 18 years of age) discloses whether the student has been vaccinated against meningococcal disease and hepatitis B by submitting a meningitis and hepatitis B vaccination status statement.
ORC Section 3701.133 states that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) shall make available on its Web site information about meningitis and hepatitis B, the risks associated with the diseases and the availability and effectiveness of the vaccines. ODH shall also make available, on its Web site, in a format suitable for downloading, a meningitis and hepatitis B vaccination status statement form that complies with the guidlines outlined in ORC Section 3701.133, (B).
On this page you will find an information sheet on each disease (i.e. meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B infection) and a vaccine status statement that may be downloaded, printed and used if the institution of higher education chooses. The institution may also develop its own form, but any form must comply with ORC Section 3701.133, (B).
Please note that this law does not require vaccination of the student, nor does it require the institution to provide or pay for these vaccines. It requires only disclosure of vaccine status of the student.
PLEASE NOTE: While this law states that only disclosure is required, many college/universities are requiring the Hepatitis B series (3 shots spaced at a 6 month timeframe or longer) and highly recommending the meningitis vaccine.
Please see the Lorain County General Health District Calendar for information about county immunization clinics. This information is also posted on the CHS Guidance Office door.