Enrollment Requirement for UTPA Students: Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination
IMPORTANT VACCINATION UPDATE: The State of Texas has updated the bacterial meningitis vaccination requirement for university students. Beginning in October 2013, students aging 22 years or older are exempt from this requirement.
BACTERIAL MENINGITIS VACCINATION DEADLINE: In order to enroll for courses, new students who are required to obtain the bacterial meningitis vaccination must be taken at least ten (10) days before the first day of class.
As of January 1, 2012 all Texas public and private institutions of higher education including all UT System institutions cannot allow new* students to enroll unless the student shows proof that the student:
Students who meet one of the following four specific exceptions permitted by the law do not have to provide proof of the vaccination:
*A student is considered a “new” student if they are enrolling for the first time at UTPA or, if they have previously been enrolled at UTPA and are now enrolling in a new undergraduate or graduate program at UTPA.
Graduate students who do not meet the exceptions listed above will need to provide proof of vaccination to the Office of Graduate Studies. In order to enroll, the vaccination must have been taken 10 days before the start of the semester. A registration hold has been placed on all graduate students that do not meet the exceptions. This hold will be removed once the Office of Graduate Studies has received the required proof of the immunization.
Graduate students that are required to provide proof of the vaccination should submit copies of their immunization records, either in person or by postal mail, to:
Office of Graduate Studies
Students may also email copies of their vaccination to the admissions staff. Refer to the staff contact page to determine the admissions staff responsible for your graduate program.
To find the vaccine, check with your:
Residents of Hidalgo County may visit any of the following locations: