Per Texas Senate Bill no. 62, beginning January 1, 2012, all entering Texas college students, under the age of 22, must receive a vaccination or booster (if the vaccination is five years old) against bacterial meningitis before enrollment. Acceptable forms of the vaccination include Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY), Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccines (MCV) or Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (MPSV4). The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) notes the vaccination with the MenB vaccine should not replace the vaccination with MENACWY. Therefore, it does not constitute as a replacement for the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) and does not fulfill the vaccination requirement.
Before you can attend classes you must submit:
Evidence of vaccination must verify that the vaccination was received during the five year period prior to and no later than 10 days before the first day of the term. Failure to receive vaccination by the dates below will prevent you from attending classes for the term.
If you are attending:
Entering Summer 2020 – Meningitis vaccine is required for continuing in fall 2020. Vaccine is waived for summer 2020 online courses in response to COVID-19 outbreak.
Entering Fall 2020 – Meningitis vaccine must be taken between 08/07/2015 and 08/07/2020
Entering Spring 2021 – Meningitis vaccine must be taken between 01/01/2016 and 01/01/2021
At this time, state legislation related to the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination requirement has not been amended in response to COVID -19.
Documentation must be in English, state the name and other information sufficient to identify the individual who received the required vaccination, state the month, date and year the vaccine was administered.
To submit the requirement form and supporting documents, follow the instructions below:
The other option is to mail it to the following address:
The University of Texas at Dallas The Office of the Registrar, SSB13 800 West Campbell Rd Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacterium that causes meningitis can also infect the blood. For more information, please review “What You Need to Know About Meningitis" (PDF).
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