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Bacterial Meningitis

Texas Senate Bill 1107 (now TEC 51.9192) was passed and signed into law by Texas State Govenor Rick Perry. Effective January 1, 2012, TEC 51.9192 requires all students entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination, before the first day of the semester.

You are exempt from the vaccination requirements if any of the following apply:

  • You are 22 years of age or older
  • You are enrolled in only online or distance education courses (must complete and sign petition to waive meningitis requirement, please see below)
  • You cannot take the vaccine because of medical reasons (this must be verified by a physician)
  • You decline the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. PLEASE NOTE: Before you will be allowed to register for classes, you must complete an original, Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Vaccine Exemption Affidavit form. This is the only acceptable documentation for this exemption, and this process takes a significant amount of time. Begin well in advance of your intended registration date.

Evidence of Vaccination

Evidence of Vaccination must verify that the vaccination was received during the five year period prior to and no later than 10 days before the first day of the semester. All documents should include your full name and date of birth.

Evidence of vaccination must be submitted in one of the following four formats:

  1. A complete Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis Form. Use this form if you plan to obtain your vaccination somewhere other than your personal physician's office.
  2. A document bearing the signature or stamp of the physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel (must include the month, day and year the vaccination was administered).
  3. An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority (must include the month, day, and year the vaccination was administered).
  4. An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state (must include the month, day and year the vaccination was administered).

Evidence to Decline Vaccination

Evidence to Decline Vaccination must be submitted in one of the following formats:

  1. An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.
  2. An Affidavit that is notarized and signed by the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.
  3. Students who intend to enroll in Distance Education courses ONLY must submit the petition for a waiver available here - Petition to Waive Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement for Distance Education Enrollment ONLY.

Important Considerations

  • You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to obtain the bacterial meningitis vaccination BEFORE entering the United States or moving to the Bryan/College Station area.
  • You will not be allowed to register for classes until you provide proof of vaccination.
  • The bacterial meningitis vaccination must be administered by a Health Practitioner authorized by law to administer an immunization.
  • The bacterial meningitis vaccination is available at the Texas A&M University Student Health Center and most pharmacies in the Bryan/College Station area.
  • You must receive the bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester. The vaccination must be no more than five years old from the date you first enroll. 

How to Submit Evidence of Vaccination or an Affidavit to Decline Vaccination

We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks before your intended registration date to prevent possible registration delays. The preferred method for submission is to return the form to the TAMHSC Office of the Registrar or to the Student Affairs Office in your school/college.

Mail:

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Office of the Registrar

8447 State Highway 47

Bryan, TX 77807-3260

Email: registrar@tamhsc.edu

Fax:  979.436.0099

Phone: 979.436.0191 or Student Affairs Office of your college/school.

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Bacterial Meningitis Acknowledgement

The Texas legislature (Chapter 51, Education Code, Section 51.9191; Chapter 38, Education Code, Section 38.0025) requires all public institutions of higher education in Texas to notify all new students about bacterial meningitis. Please read the included information about the symptoms, diagnosis, modes of transmission, risks, available treatments, and where to find information about bacterial meningitis.

I have read the included information about bacterial meningitis.

Printed Name:___________________________________     Date:__________________________

Signature: ______________________________________

With few exemptions, state law gives you the right to request, receive, and correct information about yourself collected on this form.

Return this form to the TAMHSC Office of the Registrar, or the Student Affairs Office in your college/school. You may also email it to registrar@tamhsc.edu or fax it to the registrar's office at 979.436.0099.