All entering students starting Spring 2012 must provide proof that the meningitis vaccination was administered at least 10 days prior to the first day of the term. Vaccinations must have been received or renewed within the last 5 years.
Proof of vaccination must include the date of vaccination. Acceptable forms include:
- an official immunization record
- an official school record or
- a physician’s note.
The legislation exempts students who:
- are 30 years of age or older by the official first class day of the semester.
- enroll only in 100% online or other distance education courses. (NOTE: Students who are required to come on campus for proctored exam MUST provide proof of the meningitis vaccination.)
- enroll in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or continuing education corporate training.
- enroll in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus. submit an affidavit or certificate signed by a duly licensed physician that states, in the physician’s opinion, that the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.
- submit an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. A conscientious exemption form (“Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience”) from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used. Allow several weeks to submit and have the form approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- are incarcerated in a Texas prison.
An entering student is defined as a student who is a first-time student of an institution of higher education, a transfer student from another college, or a returning student who has had a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester. Students who were enrolled in the Fall 2011 semester and remain continuously enrolled each consecutive spring and fall semester, will not be required to submit proof of the meningitis vaccination.