Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Requirement
Bacterial Meningitis Prevention
Bacterial meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitis may be a serious infection, rapidly leading to death or disfigurement.
The best way to prevent infection is to be immunized against it. College students are at increased risk because of age and lifestyle issues.
As of January 1, 2012, all new, entering college students in the state of Texas who are under the age of 22 need to have had a bacterial meningitis vaccine within the last 5 years in order to attend class.
There are two ways a student may be exempted from this requirement:
- An affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice in the United States, stating that in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student; OR
- An affidavit signed by the student saying that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used. This form may be requested here.