News - State of Texas requires all new students living on campus to receive the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination
Required for all new students living on-campus effective Fall 2010
The Texas Legislature recently passed a bill requiring all students new to living on campus to receive the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to moving in to campus’ residential facilities.
Students may decline the vaccination for reasons of the vaccination being injurious to the health and well-being of the student or stating that the vaccination has been declined for reasons of conscience.
Students new to living on campus must submit verification of having received the vaccination or submit the exemption immunization affidavit from the Texas Department of Health to the Office of Residence Life by August 1st, 2011 for fall students or they will not be able to receive their room key.
Acceptable Forms of Verification
Acceptable evidence of vaccination must be either an official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority or an official record received from school officials, including a record from another state. Your evidence must include:
- Month, day, and year the vaccination was administered
- The signature or stamp of the physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel
There are only two options of acceptable verification for declining the vaccination.
Any student who would like to decline the vaccination for reasons of conscience must submit a request for exemption for immunization affidavit form from the Texas Department of Health. Submissions can be made online at the following address: https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm.
Any student who would like to decline the vaccination for reasons of the vaccination being injurious to the health and well-being of the student must submit an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine within the United States in which it is stated that, in the physicians opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.
To learn more about bacterial meningitis and the vaccine visit or call the UTPA Student Health Services at (956) 665-2511. You may also visit the websites of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo and the American College Health Association, www.acha.org.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life at (956) 665-3439 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist.
The vaccination can be received at any of the following locations
- Your county health department (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/regions/lhds.shtm)
- UTPA Health Services (956) 665-2511