Ohio State will require students to be vaccinated

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Incoming Ohio State University students won’t be allowed to schedule classes next fall if they’re not up to date on their vaccinations.

Students starting at OSU will have to provide evidence that they’ve had shots to prevent a list of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the move by the university comes in response to a mumps outbreak on and around campus last year that sickened almost 500 people.

A subsequent measles outbreak in Ohio intensified discussions about boosting immunization rates throughout the state, including at universities and colleges.

Ohio State is requiring student be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and chickenpox. Students new to residence halls also will require meningitis vaccinations.

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