In the Hospital: An Iowa State student is hospitalized with bacterial meningitis. Here are the details according to the ISU news service. I remember when students got sick when I was going to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. My dad freaked out after seeing something on the news about it. Mom and Dad lived about 35 minutes away. But he made me meet him to go see the doc, all because I had a cold at the time. The Centers for Disease Control on its website says that antibiotics can reduce your chance of dying from it to under 15%. Wow! I had no idea. I knew it could be fatal, but I had no idea the odds were so tough against you. Maybe my Dad wasn't so crazy after all.