The Texas Education Code, § 51.9192, subchapter Z, established the January 1, 2012 requirement for bacterial meningitis vaccination for college students under the age of 30 to submit evidence of being immunized against meningococcal meningitis. However, beginning January 1, 2014, the age requirement changed to those who are under the age of 22.
You must submit proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Compliance (or booster within the last five years) to your college's Admissions Office before registering for class. The date of the vaccination must be at least 10 days before the first day of class. This allows time for the vaccination to take effect.
Important Note: Students who fail to submit required Meningitis Vaccine documentation will be restricted from the registration process (Testing, Orientation, and Advising/Registration).
The following conditions exempt a student from being required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis or evidence of receiving a booster dose:
- Students who are currently 22 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester in which you enroll.
- Distance education students (based on actual mailing address. A 100% Distance Education Affidavit must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office. *A Post Office Box cannot be used as proof of residency.
- Students enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contract hours or in continuing education corporate training.
- Students enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located at the college.
- Students incarcerated in a Texas prison.
A student, or a parent or guardian of a student, is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis if the student, or a parent or guardian of a student, submits to the Admissions Office one of the following:
- An exemption signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, stating in the physician's opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student; or
- An exemption signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. In addition, a conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) must be completed and submitted to the Admissions/Registrar's office.