Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine
Texas Senate Bill 1107 (TEC 51.9192) was signed into law in 2011 by Gov. Rick Perry. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, TEC 51.9192 requires all students entering an institution of higher education to receive a vaccination for bacterial meningitis or to meet certain criteria for declining it (see the note below for information regarding exemptions).
Newly admitted students who are 21 years old or younger must submit proof (see required documentation) that they were vaccinated for bacterial meningitis. Vaccination must occur within five years of, and at least 10 days before, the first day of the first semester.
At least one of the following forms of documentation must be faxed, mailed or submitted in person to the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy:
- Certification from a physician licensed in the United States, or a clinic, indicating that the vaccination was administered within five years of, and at least 10 days day prior to, the first day of class;
- An official immunization record generated by a state or local health authority; or
- An official record from another school official (must be within five years).
This documentation is maintained in the Admissions Office at Texas A&M University and the Office of Student Affairs in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health and Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Students who fail to submit required documentation are not issued a University Identification Number (UIN) and can not register for courses.
Students who meet the following criteria are exempt from the bacterial meningitis requirement.
- Students who are 22 years old or older;
- Students with an affidavit or certificate stating the vaccination would be injurious to their health, signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States.
- Students who sign an affidavit stating they decline the vaccination for reasons of conscience, such as religious or philosophical belief.
- The conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State and Health Services must be signed, notarized and submitted no more than 90 days prior to the first day of class.
Additional Information about Meningococcal Meningitis
Meningitis is an acute (i.e., abrupt onset) inflammation of the meninges (i.e., the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord). For more information about the causes, symptoms, types, risks, seriousness, and ways to prevent meningococcal meningitis visit the links below:
Office of Student Affairs (361.221.0648)