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Bacterial Meningitis

Effective October 1, 2013- Texas Senate Bill 62 requires all entering students under the age of 22, including transfer and graduate students, to submit evidence that they have been vaccinated against Meningococcal Meningitis (bacterial meningitis).

NOTE: student will not be able to register for classes until the appropriate records are on file in the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness.

The meningitis vaccine must have been received within the last 5 years prior to enrollment.In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, the vaccination must have been received at the least after the student’s 16th birthday and within the past five years.  This information DOES NOT apply to students 22 years and older or students enrolled only in online or other distance courses.

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

  • A UST Immunization Form 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).
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority 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).
  • 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 of declining the vaccination must be submitted in one of the following two formats:

  • A UST Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Medical Exemption Affidavit 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.
  • 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 only form you may use for conscientious exemption must be requested from the Texas Department of State Health Services at this link (Note:  it may take a few weeks to receive the form). https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/

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