Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

Texas Senate Bill 1107 (now TEC 51.9192) requires all students* entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination before the first day of the semester.

Students enrolling for Fall 2018 may still upload Bacterial Meningitis vaccination records through AIS.

Beginning in 2019, Texas A&M is partnering with Med+Proctor for the submission of bacterial meningitis vaccination records.

Evidence of Vaccination

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 semester. 

Entering Fall 2018 – vaccination must be on or after 08/27/2013

Entering Spring 2019 – vaccination must be on or after 01/14/2014

Entering Summer 2019 – vaccination must be on or after 05/28/2014

Entering Fall 2019 – vaccination must be on or after 08/26/2014

*You are exempt from the vaccination requirements if any of the following apply:

  • You will be age 22 or older on the first day of the semester you are exempt.
     
  • You only intend to enroll in Distance Education courses ONLY must submit the petition for a waiver available here - Petition to Waive Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement for Distance Education Enrollment ONLY.
     
  • You cannot take the vaccine because it would be injurious to your health and well-being. Provide an affidavit or a certificate 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.
     
  • You decline the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.  PLEASE NOTE: Before you will be allowed to register for classes, you must complete and submit an original, Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience. This is the only acceptable documentation for this exemption, and this process takes a significant amount of time. TAMU must receive the original document within 90 days of being notarized; uploaded, faxed or emailed copies are not acceptable.  Please mail the completed, original form to Admissions Processing or you may bring it to your New Student Conference.  

    Mail:
    Texas A&M University
    Admissions Processing
    P.O. Box 30014
    College Station, TX 77842-3014

    Hand Delivery:
    General Services Complex
    Admissions Processing
    750 Agronomy Rd., Suite 1601
     

Evidence of vaccination must be submitted through Med+Proctor beginning Spring 2019.

Important Considerations

  • Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis (pdf)
     
  • You should not attempt to register with Med+Proctor as a Texas A&M student before you’re admitted.
     
  • You will not be allowed to register for classes until you provide proof of vaccination. For freshmen and transfer students, registration is during your New Student Conference (NSC); therefore, it is best to provide the documentation to Med+Proctor at least 4 weeks BEFORE attending your NSC.
     
  • The bacterial meningitis vaccination is available at the Texas A&M University Student Health Center.
     
  • Meningitis documents must be in English. If a meningitis document is received in another language, then the document needs to be translated. A seal or stamp must be on the translated document in order to be considered an official record.
     
  • International students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to obtain the bacterial meningitis vaccination BEFORE entering the United States.
     
  • You must receive the bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to the start of the semesterThe vaccination must be no more than five years old from the date you first enroll.