Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, state law requires that all Texas college students must receive a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis. The vaccine is required for students of public and private colleges, living both on and off campus. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening
- Tuberculosis (TB) screening is required for all persons born outside the United States regardless of the status of their application. (Note: Being granted the resident tuition rate does NOT exempt an international student from this requirement.)
- Screening for TB must be administered, regardless of prior BCG vaccination, no more than (6) months prior to the first day of class.
- A chest x-ray is NOT a substitute for the TB/IGRA test.
- TB screenings must be conducted and read by a licensed medical provider.
- International students who do not complete a TB screening or who do not submit the appropriate documentation will NOT be allowed to register for classes.
- Students requiring further testing, such as a chest x-ray based on the initial screening results, must have proof of appropriate follow-up before they will be allowed to register for classes.
International Students Entering Summer 2013
- Acceptable TB screening options for new international students registering for Summer 2013 include the following:
- TB skin test (Note: The TB skin test is less reliable than the TB T-Spot test) OR
- Physician-ordered Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood test, known as T-Spot
- Both the TB skin test (Cost, $10) and the T-Spot test (Cost, $52) are available through the Student Health Center. Payment must be made at the time the test is administered.
- If you test positive for TB, you will be referred out for a chest x-ray at your own expense, and you will not be able to register for classes until the results of the chest x-ray are returned.
- Note: If you choose to have the TB skin test, it must be read within 48 to 72 hours. This means that students must return to the licensed medical provider’s office that administered the test within 48 to 72 hours for test results to be determined. The TB skin test will NOT be accepted unless the medical provider affirms the test was read within 48 to 72 hours.
- All documentation must be submitted in English to the Student Health Center (SHC) and must be signed by a licensed medical provider.
- The SHC accepts paper copies, faxes, scanned or emailed TB test forms. Please have your physician complete the Spring/Summer 2013 TB Form and do not alter or change the form in any way. Students who submit false or fraudulent information will be subject to disciplinary action through the Dean of Students Office.
- Note: Please do NOT send x-ray film; it cannot be accepted.
International Students Entering Fall 2013
- The only acceptable TB screening option for international students registering for classes starting fall 2013 is the Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood test (T-Spot).
- The T-Spot test must be administered and interpreted in the United States by a licensed medical provider.
- All documentation must be submitted in English and must be signed by a licensed medical provider.
- The SHC accepts paper copies, faxes, scanned or emailed TB test forms. Please have your physician complete the Fall 2013 TB Form and do not alter or change the form in any way. Students who submit false or fraudulent information will be subject to disciplinary action through the Dean of Students Office.
- The T-Spot test will be available through the on-campus Student Health Center (SHC), beginning fall 2013, at a cost of $52. This fee will be applied to your student account and should be paid along with other charges you may owe the University after you register for classes.
- If the T-Spot test is administered and interpreted by an off-campus medical provider, documentation must be submitted to the SHC before you will be allowed to register for classes. It sometimes takes several days for your medical provider to receive the results of your test, so be sure to schedule the test to be administered well before the date you plan to register for classes.
Fall 2013 TB Clinic Schedule
- International students who have not received the T-Spot test before arriving on campus may take advantage of one of the Student Health Center’s TB Clinics.
- Important Note: Results of the T-Spot test will not be available until 3 days after the test is administered, so International students should have the test administered at least three (3) days BEFORE the date they plan to register for classes.
- Please Note: If you test positive for TB, you will be referred out for a chest x-ray at your own expense, and you will not be able to register for classes until the result of the chest x-ray is returned to the SHC.
- On the dates listed below, Student Health Center staff will be available to administer the TB T-spot test on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Monday||July 29, 2013||9:00 am - 5:30 pm||Best for Aug 2nd Orientation Attendees|
|Wednesday||July 31, 2013||9:00 am - 5:30 pm||Best for Aug 6th Orientation Attendees|
|Monday||August 5, 2013||9:00 am - 5:30 pm||Best for Aug 9th Orientation Attendees|
|Wednesday||August 7, 2013||9:00 am - 5:30 pm||Best for Aug 13th Orientation Attendees|
|Monday||August 12, 2013||9:00 am - 5:30 pm||Best for Aug 16th Orientation Attendees|
|Wednesday||August 14, 2013||9:00 am - 5:30 pm||Best for Aug 20th Orientation Attendees|
|Monday||August 19, 2013||9:00 am - 5:30 pm||Best for Aug 23rd Orientation Attendees|
All TB clinics will be held in the Student Health Center, SSB4.700, 4th floor of the Student Services Building.
- For you to do in preparation for the TB clinic:
- Be sure you eat before you come. Also make sure you are hydrated; drink lots of water that day.
- Be sure to let the medical provider know if you are allergic to latex.
- Can’t make it to one of the scheduled TB Clinics?
- You may schedule an appointment for another date and time. Call the Student Health Center at 972-883-2747 to schedule your appointment.
- You may also choose to have your TB T-spot test administered by an off-campus medical provider and submit the appropriate documentation to the Student Health Center. (See a list of medical clinics close to campus.) We recommend you call ahead to be sure the clinic offers the TB T-spot test. You may also contact any local licensed physician. Costs may vary by provider.
- Please remember that it can take up to 3 days for the results of your test to be returned, so be sure you schedule your test well before the date you plan to register for classes. Some off-campus medical providers may offer same day results, but many do not.
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Other Recommended Immunizations
- Chicken Pox
- Annual Flu Shot
Immunizations Offered at the Student Health Center
- Influenza (flu) vaccine
- Hepatitis B
- Meningitis vaccine (Menactra)—Important Bacterial Meningitis Information
- Tuberculosis (TB) skin test
- T-Spot TB test
- Tetanus Tdap and TD s