As of January 1, 2012, Texas law requires all entering students to show evidence of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccine or a booster dose during the five-year period preceding, and at least 10 days prior, to the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at a Texas higher education institution.
You need the vaccine if you are:
- Under 22 years old
- A first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education
- A transfer student
- A student who previously attended an institution of higher education before January 1, 2012 who is enrolling again following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.
Proof of your bacterial meningitis immunization or exemption must be submitted on the listed due date or you will be dropped from your classes, as required by Texas state law.
Due Date by Start Term
|Spring 2023: Full-Term & 1st 8-Week||January 6, 2023|
|Spring 2023: 2nd 8-Week||March 10, 2023|
|May 2023||May 5, 2023|
|Summer I 2023||May 26, 2023|
|Summer II 2023||June 30, 2023|
|Fall 2023: Full-Term & 1st 8-Week||August 11, 2023|
You can submit your proof of vaccination or exemption documentation by:
- Upload via form below
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 903-510-2161
- In person at the Apache Enrollment Center
For more information on the Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for College Entry visit http://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/college-requirements.aspx
To obtain an Exemption from Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements for Reasons of Conscience visit https://co-request-jc.dshs.texas.gov/.
Note- Approved quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines protect against four of the strains of meningococci that cause disease (A, C, Y and W-135). The Meningococcal Group B (MenB) vaccines, which only protect against one strain (B), do not meet the requirement of a quadrivalent vaccine given within 5 years.
|In addition to your personal physician or some retail pharmacies, Bacterial meningitis vaccinations may be available at a discounted price at the following locations. Please contact the facilities directly to determine cost and required documentation.|
|Angelina County Health District
503 Hill St.
Lufkin, TX 75904
|Austin – St. John
7500 Blessing Ave.
Austin, TX 78752
|East Texas Community Health Center
1309 S. University
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Antoine Health Clinic
5815 Antoine, Ste. A
Houston, TX 77091
|Arlington Public Health Center
536 W. Randol Mill Rd.
Arlington, TX 76011
|Dallas County HHS Immunization Clinic
2377 N Stemmons Fwy, Rm. 159
Dallas, TX 75207
HCPHES Humble Health Clinic
|North East Texas Public Health District
815 N. Broadway
Tyler, TX 75702