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. Texas A&M is partnering with Med+Proctor for the submission of bacterial meningitis vaccination records.
Please watch this video for more information. Med+Proctor
Once you’ve been admitted, register with Med+Proctor in order to complete and submit your Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination record.
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 Summer 2020 – vaccination must be on or after 05/18/2015
Entering Fall 2020 – vaccination must be on or after 08/16/2015
Entering Spring 2021 – vaccination must be on or after 01/03/2016
Entering Summer 2021 – vaccination must be on or after 05/16/2016
Entering Fall 2021 – vaccination must be on or after 08/16/2016
Evidence of vaccination must be submitted through Med+Proctor.
*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 intend to enroll in online courses and will not be on campus in the Fall 2020 semester* or you intend to enroll in 700 level Distance Education Courses ONLY. Submit the petition for a waiver available here - Petition to Waive Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement for Distance Education Enrollment ONLY.
*requirement to provide evidence of vaccination will be postponed and should be provided by November 1, 2020 in order to enroll for the spring semester.
- 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.
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 30014
College Station, TX 77842-3014
General Services Complex
750 Agronomy Rd., Suite 1601
- 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.
- Freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to provide documentation to Med+Proctor prior to their New Student Conference. However, in response to delays caused by COVID-19, students who are unable to provide the necessary documentation by their NSC will not be penalized and may still register for classes.
- 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 semester. The vaccination must be no more than five years old from the date you first enroll.