Date of Award

Fall 12-2011

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Cynthia Littlejohn

Advisor Department

Biological Sciences


The main focus of this research is to compare the different methods used to control the outbreak of meningococcal disease and determine which one has the greatest effect on the morbidity rates by comparing the number of annual cases before and after the passing of the law. I hypothesize that the variation in state requirements will result in a difference in the incidence of meningococcal disease in each state. I predict that states requiring the vaccine will show a significant decrease in morbidity rates after the passing of the legislation.