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Students to Get Shots After 2 Die of Infection

June 06, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The state Health Department decided to vaccinate up to 5,800 high school students to protect them from a meningitis-related outbreak that has killed two teenagers and left a third seriously ill.

Health officials will start administering the free shots Friday to students in six schools in and around the city of Alliance, where two high school students, Jonathan Stauffer, 15, and Kelly Coblentz, 16, died more than a week ago after contracting a blood infection caused by a strain of the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. Officials suspect the two shared a water bottle at a school picnic last month.

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