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Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

Texas Education Code §51.9192 as amended by SB 1107 of the Regular 82nd Texas legislature (passed in May 2011) establishes the requirement that all entering students enrolling in public, private or independent institutions of higher education on or after January 1, 2012 must show evidence of having received an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster during the five year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester and identifies exceptions to the requirement.

All entering students to the institution must meet this requirement and are not permitted to enroll prior to submitting required documentation.

Who Is An Entering Student?

Who Is Exempt From The Requirement?

  • Students age 22 or older as the first day of the semester for which the student applies
  • Student exclusively enrolled in online/distance education
  • A student, or a parent or guardian of a student, is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis if the student, or a parent or guardian of a student, submits to the institution:
    • 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 student's health and well-being, or
    • An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. The student must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) form.

Students must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) form. A completed, notarized "Exemption from Immunization for Reasons of Conscience" form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used. The only approved form for this exemption for student living in on-campus housing can be found here. If the student is age 18 or older, they can complete the form themselves, listing themselves as the parent or legal guardian.

How To Submit Required Documentation?

If providing a completed UTB Proof of Immunization Compliance form, submit to Admissions & Recruitment.

  • Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100 during regular office hours
  • Fax: (956) 882-7810
  • Mail:

Admissions & Recruitment
Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100
One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78520

  • Contact Carlo Tamayo for more information:

Carlo Tamayo

Director of Admissions
& Recruitment

Enrollment Center @ The Tower,
Main 1.100
(956) 882-3814
carlo.tamayo@utb.edu

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