Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Requirement
Texas Senate Bill 1107 passed in May 2011, requires all students entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter to provide documentation that they have had the Bacterial Meningitis vaccine or a “booster” dose within five years of the first day of class of the semester they will be enter that institution and no later than 10 days before the first day of classes in that same semester.
STUDENTS WHO MUST COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT AND THOSE WHO ARE EXEMPT.
Unless exempted as noted below, the following entering students must comply with this requirement.
- All NEW students entering UTMB, January 2012 and thereafter.
You are exempt from this requirement if:
- You will be age 30 or older the first day of classes of the semester in which you are enrolling at UTMB.
- You will be enrolled exclusively in online or distance education courses.
- You cannot take the vaccine because of medical reasons. To prevent registration from being affected, this must be submitted to Student Health with documentation from your physician.
- You decline the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. To prevent registration from being affected you must submit to Student Health a completed, notarized Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form. NOTE: This form is the only form of acceptable documentation for this exemption process and takes a significant amount of time, so begin well in advance to secure proper documentation.
The Texas Department of State Health Services website is TDSHS.
Acceptable documentation to prove that you meet the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Requirement
Acceptable documentation includes:
Documentation must be in English and include full name and date of birth.
- The UTMB Student Health Immunization Record Form signed or stamped by a physician, NP, or PA or other clinic or public health personnel showing month, day, and year of vaccine or booster.
- An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority that includes the same information as above.
- The signature or stamp of a provider on a form showing month, day, and year of the vaccine or booster.