Students planning to attend institutions of higher education have a variety of options on where to obtain meningococcal vaccine. The list below illustrates some of these options.
Students with private insurance may get the vaccine from their private provider. Insurance coverage is changing and plans with high co-payments and deductibles for other services may cover the cost of required vaccines.
Many insurance plans may cover the cost of meningococcal vaccine. Students 25 years old and younger may still be covered under their parents' insurance plan. Please check with your insurance provider to see if your plan covers the cost of the vaccine. Regardless, a student can get the vaccine from his or her private provider.
Texas Vaccine for Children (TVFC)
Students eligible for TVFC can receive a vaccination at no charge at a participating provider location or at their local health department (there may be a nominal administration fee). Students, 18 years old or younger, who meet at least one of the following criteria should check with their provider about eligibility:
- Medicaid eligible: A child who is eligible for the Medicaid program
- Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- A child who has commercial (private) health insurance, but coverage does not include vaccines; or
- A child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (TVFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only); or
- A child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured.
For more information on the TVFC program please call the Texas Immunization Information Line at 1-800-252-9152.
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
CHIP and Children's Medicaid serve children 0-18 years of age. Texas children without health insurance may be able to obtain low cost health coverage from CHIP or Children's Medicaid. Both programs cover office visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, glasses, and much more.
For more information on the CHIP program, please call 2-1-1 or 800-964-2777.
Student Health Centers
Colleges with student health centers may also have the vaccine. Please check with your college or university to see if they have meningococcal vaccine available.
Other Community Resources
A student can also get vaccine from a community vaccinator, such as an independent pharmacy, a mini-clinic, retail pharmacy, or healthcare center. Costs for the vaccine may or may not be reimbursed.
Cost of the Vaccine
The average cost of the vaccine is approximately $110.00 per dose. Individual healthcare providers may also charge a fee for administering the vaccine. These charges will vary by provider.