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Meningitis Vaccine FAQs
Q: Can my son/daughter receive the meningitis vaccine at the Health Center during Orientation?
A: Yes. The Student Health Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Life Center and is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. during the summer. Students may come to the Health Center and receive their vaccine during those hours (it is best to get there by 4:00 p.m.).
Q: Is there a charge for the vaccine?
A: The vaccine given is Menactra, and the charge is $145. The Health Center can file insurance and the remainder will be billed to the student account. No money is taken at the time of the vaccination. The student will have to remain in the clinic for 20-30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to make sure there are no adverse reactions.
Q: Why has there been this change?
A: The Texas Legislature voted the requirement to go into effect January 1, 2012. New age requirements were adopted January 1, 2014. Any entering student at any Texas college or university who is under 22 years old must be immunized before attending classes (and must have received the vaccine within the preceding 5 years and at least 10 days prior to the first class day) or provide exemption information. The law defines an ’entering student’ as:
(A) New student a first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education and includes a student who transfers to the institution from another institution;
(B) A student who previously attended an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education before January 1, 2012, and who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.
Q: Can I register for classes before I have submitted my proof of current Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination or an appropriate exemption form?
Q: Can I move into the dorm or attend classes before I have submitted my proof of current Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination or an appropriate exemption form?
Q: How do I submit my Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination documentation?
A: Please provide a legible copy of your official immunization record from your doctor, local Health Department, or high school documenting your Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination administered within the past five years and 10 days prior to your first day of classes at Baylor. Submit this documentation with your completed Health Form to Baylor Health Services via fax (254-710-2499), e-mail at Health_Services@baylor.edu, or mail (One Bear Place #97060 Waco, TX 76798) Tips on locating immunization records can be found at: Medical Records
Q: How can my child be exempt from the requirement?
A: The student must fill out a Texas Health Department Exemption Form and have this form notarized and sent in to the health center. This form states that the student or parents are conscientious objectors and the ’meningococcal vaccine’ block must be checked on this form. If it is not on the list, the parent should add it and check it prior to having the form notarized.
Q: Does the meningitis B vaccine (Bexsero or Trumenba) satisfy the requirement?
A: No. Only MCV4 bacterial meningitis vaccine (Menactra or Menveo) is accepted.
Q: Why must the student fill out a Health Form?
A: The Health Form is the easiest way to document a student’s immunization record. Make sure to include the date, month and year of the meningococcal vaccine along with a signature or stamp from a healthcare provider or clinic. The health form gives a good medical history and immunization history which will be important in the event of student illness or accident.