TCU Daily Skiff Wednesday, March 31, 2004
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Meningitis vaccine should be required
Side effects small compared to possible death

If the old adage is true and history repeats itself, then there is no reason that the meningitis vaccine shouldn’t be mandatory at TCU. While the side-effects of the vaccine are negligible, the consequences of contracting the disease are potentially deadly.

In 2001, two students at Tulane University died from complications related to meningitis they contracted at school. According to the American College Health Association, an estimated 100 to 125 cases of meningitis occur each year on college campuses with about five to 15 of those students dying as a result. When considering these statistics, the best interest of the student body should be the basis of the administration’s decision whether to require the vaccine, not the additional cost nor a small rash that might result from the vaccine.
Pledge has us in denial

Never doubt the power of denial.

There’s a country-western song about a woman who can’t believe her husband is cheating on her despite obvious evidence. The title is the “Queen of De Nile.”
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