All incoming new students who must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet criteria for declining such a vaccination before they can live on-campus or attend classes.
Students are strongly encouraged to review their immunization records to ensure they have received the following vaccines recommended by the American College Health Association (ACHA).
|Vaccine||Age Indicated||Major Indications|
|Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)||1 dose if history of previous 2 MMR vaccines is unavailable||All entering college students born after 1957|
|Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (DTP)(Td)||Primary series in childhood with DTaP or DTP, booster at age 11-12 years with Td, then every 10 years||All college students|
|Polio Vaccine (IPV) or (OPV)||Primary series in childhood with IPV, OPV, or IPV/OPV sequentially; booster only needed for travel after age 18||IPV for certain international travelers|
|Varicella||Childhood, adolescence, young adulthood. Two doses at least one month apart, if over age 13||All students without history of the disease or without age appropriate immunization of with a negative antibody titer|
|Hepatitis B||Series of three doses given at 0, 1-2 months, and 6-12 months||All college students|
|Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4)||Ages 11-55||Recommended for ALL college students and required for new students the meet the Texas Law requirement.|
|Influenza||Each fall for college students||Encouraged for students in high-risk categories, and to others to minimize disruption in daily activities during a campus epidemic|
Consult with a Health Center Registered Nurse regarding immunizations.
Additional vaccines are recommended for students traveling abroad. Most vaccines are available through the Health Center's Travel Clinic. For more information regarding immunizations, please call (936) 294-1805.