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Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

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

  • All first-time students to the institution
  • All transfer students
  • All returning students who are enrolling after a break in enrollment of a long semester (fall or spring).

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. 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. 

      TDSHS does not make online copies of the form available to print out, and copies of the form are not available at local health departments or TDSHS.

Because bacterial meningitis is a serious and potentially deadly disease, applicants should consult a physician about immunizing to prevent the disease. 

 

HOW TO SUBMIT REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

If providing a completed "UTB Proof of Immunization Compliance" form, submit to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

  • In Person: The Tower, Main 1.101 during regular office hours
  • By Fax:      956-882-7810
  • By Email:   Scan and attach documents and email to carlo.tamayo@utb.edu
  • By Mail:     Office of Admissions and Recruitment
                     The Tower, Main 1.101
                     One West University Boulevard
                     Brownsville, Texas 78520
                     Brownsville, TX 78520

If providing documentation on a form signed or stamped by a physician, his/her designee or public health personnel (other than the UTB Proof of Immunization Compliance form), official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority or an official record received from school officials, the form must indicate the month, day and year the vaccination or booster dose was administered and must be submitted to the Office of Student Health Services.

  • In Person: Cortez Building

For Additional Information on Meningitis please visit the following links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Foundation for Infectious Disease

The National Meningitis Association  - Brochure

Information on the Meningitis Vaccine

 

Admissions and Recruitment

 Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100

One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Phone: 956-882-8295
Fax: 956-882-7810
admissions@utb.edu

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