In response to a mumps outbreak which sickened roughly 500 people on campus last year, Ohio State University is now requiring students to provide proof of vaccination shots for diseases deemed vaccine-preventable.
Twenty-six states across the U.S. require vaccination for students, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but Ohio isn’t one of them.
The required vaccination program for students, which begins in August, requires that students provide evidence that they’ve been vaccinated for the following diseases:
- Hepatitis B
Recent student entries to residence halls will also be required to get vaccinated for meningitis, according to WHIZ News.
Vaccinations entail the administration of antigenic material used to stimulate the immune system in order to induce adaptive immunity to pathogens. Vaccines have the ability to prevent or ameliorate morbidity as the result of infection.
WLWT quoted the university’s dean of public health, Dr. Williams J. Martin II, as having said that he thinks “universities and college campuses have this responsibility” to require the vaccination of students and that Ohio State has “accepted” this responsibility.
I think universities and college campuses have this responsibility, and that’s exactly what Ohio State did […] We accepted the responsibility
Dr. Martin indicated that the university’s decision was made to protect the university as well as the community at large.
As of present, the new vaccination requirement at Ohio State doesn’t apply to upperclassmen or those attending branch campuses.
Students who do not comply with the new vaccination requirements will not be allowed to schedule classes next fall.
How do you feel about Ohio State University imposing new vaccination requirements on their student population? Do you think vaccinations for vaccine-preventable diseases should be imposed on everyone or should people have the freedom to decide for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated or not?