Meningitis immunization bill passes Tenn. House hurdle

POSTED: 10:11 PM Mar 19 2013   UPDATED: 5:47 PM Mar 19 2013

A bill that would require all students at public colleges and universities to get a meningitis shot is moving toward becoming law.

The measure passed the House Government Operations Committee Tuesday.

That bill is named after Jacob Nunley, an MTSU freshman who died in 2012 after he got the disease.

Bill sponsors say students who live in close quarters are more susceptible to the disease than others and the bill will prevent needless deaths.

Meningococcal meningitis can be spread through such contact as sharing drink bottles. Ten percent of those who get the disease die, sometimes within 24 hours.