* Bacterial Meningitis vaccine - required by state law: On and after January 1, 2012, all first-time students, including transfer students, must present a certificate to the institution demonstrating they have been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. The certificate must comply with the rules of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). A student may be exempt from the requirement if he or she presents a physician's certificate indicating the vaccination would injure the health of the student or if he or she signs an affidavit declining the vaccination due to reasons of conscience including religious belief. The latter provision does not apply during "a public health emergency, terrorist attack, hostile military or paramilitary action or extraordinary law enforcement emergency."
A new student is defined by state law as a first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education, including a student who transfers to the institution from another institution,, and a student who previously attended such institutions of higher education before January 1, 2012, and who is enrolling in the same or another institution following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.
Students are exempt if they are 30 years of age or older. The law takes effect on September 1, 2011 but the new requirements apply only to students enrolling on and after January 1, 2012.
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Law Link
**International Students - Please see Medical Health Form for required immunizations.