On July 11, 2013, the 83rd ICUT Legislative Mandate #2 Meningitis Vaccination Update stated that all Texas college students who are under 22 years of age must show proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis within the last 5 years. This new mandate will go into effect on October 1, 2013.
In order to register for classes, such students must properly complete and submit ONE of three compliance documents:
- Receive the bacterial meningitis vaccine and turn in a vaccination certificate to their university, OR
- Turn in a doctor’s note exempting them from the vaccine due to health risks, OR
- Turn in the Texas Department of State Health Services affidavit saying they opt out of the vaccine for reasons of conscience (including religious reasons).
More information can be found at the Texas for Higher Education Board website and in the meningitis information letter (PDF) sent to new students.
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