- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio will require students to be immunized against meningitis under a new law.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) signed the bill into law Thursday.

It requires students to be immunized against meningococcal disease once they reach a certain age, which will be determined by the Ohio Department of Health. The requirement would start in the 2016-17 school year.

With few exceptions, the proposal would apply to students at public and nonpublic schools that are subject to state standards. Students could be exempt for medical or religious reasons.

The measure was sponsored by Republican Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay. Hite has said his family learned how quickly meningitis can affect young people when his niece died hours after contracting the disease.

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