Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements
As of January 1, 2012, all entering college and university students are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose during the five-year period before enrolling. They must get the vaccine at least 10 days before the semester begins. (Chapter 21, Subchapter T, Sections 21.610 through 21.614)
Who is an entering college student?
- 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 in the same or another institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester
Which students are not required to comply with this vaccine requirement?
- a student 30 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester
- a student enrolled only in online or other distance education courses
- a student enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or continuing education corporate training
- a student enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus
- a student incarcerated in a Texas prison