Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

About the Texas State Law for Bacterial Meningitis

During the 2011 regular Texas legislative session, Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB 1107) was passed and signed into law by Texas State Governor Rick Perry. Effective January 1, 2012, SB 1107 requires all students entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination .


Therefore, if you are under the age of 22 (effective 1/1/2014) and are:
  • a returning student, who did NOT attend classes at SHSU the preceding semester
  • an entering freshman
  • an entering hybrid student (student will be taking classes on campus and online)
  • a transfer student
  • an entering graduate or post-baccalaureate student

You must submit the Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis form.

Download Form

OR:

Submit the Affidavit Request for Exemption (Age 18-21 years) Download Here

Submit the Affidavit Request for Exemption (17 years old or younger) Download Here


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Send SHSU Your Form

Students should mail the above information to:

Vaccination Processing
SHSU Student Health Center
Box 2358
Huntsville TX 77341-2358

Students should fax the above information to:

(936) 294-2304

Students should email the above information to:

shc@shsu.edu


More Information:

Who Needs to Get Vaccinated

You are required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption if any of the following apply:

  • You are enrolling in college for the first time and are 21 years old or younger.
    EXAMPLE: If you are enrolling for the Fall 2016 semester and you just turned 21 in January 2016, you would be required to provide proof of vaccination.
  • You are transferring for the fall or spring semester from another college or university and you are 21 years old or younger.
  • Your Meningitis Vaccination is outdated (5 years old or older) and you need to obtain a booster.
    EXAMPLE: Your vaccination was administered on August 25, 2010 and you are registering for classes that begin on August 26, 2015. A new record stating that you have obtained a booster or exemption will need to be submitted to the Student Health Center prior to registering for classes.
  • You are enrolling as a new hybrid student (classes on campus and online)

How to Submit Your Meningitis Vaccination

1) Complete the Proof of Meningitis Form for SHSU

Fill out the Student Section of the form and have your provider sign and date the form upon receiving the vaccination.

Download the Form Here

Alternatively, you can submit your Proof of Meningitis Form by filling out the Student Section and submitting a copy of your shot record.

2) Send SHSU Your Form

Students should mail the above information to:

Vaccination Processing
SHSU Student Health Center
Box 2358
Huntsville TX 77341-2358

Students should fax the above information to:

(936) 294-2304

Students should email the above information to:

shc@shsu.edu

PLEASE NOTE: You must submit an updated Proof of Meningitis Form in order to be able to register for classes.

Due to the high volume of documents collected, your form is not guaranteed to be processed on the same day it is received. The Student Health Center strongly encourages students to submit their forms within a reasonable amount of time. At non-peak times, it can take on average 2-3 days to process the documentation. At peak times, it can take on average 4-5 days to process the documentation. The Student Health Center is not responsible for forms that are lost in transit or forms that are not successfully received via fax.

Exemptions

You are EXEMPT from the requirement ONLY if:

  • You are 22 years of age or older.
    Must be effective January 1st of the year you are enrolling in school.

  • You are a 100% online student. Please note that if you choose to take a class on campus you will be required to submit evidence of receiving the meningitis vaccination prior to registering.

  • You submit a notarized affidavit requesting an exemption due to:
    • A Medical Condition
      To claim an exclusion for medical reasons, the student must present a statement signed by a physician (M.D. or D.O.), duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States who has examined the student, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccine required is medically contraindicated or poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of the student. Unless it is written in the statement that a lifelong condition exists, the exemption statement is valid for only one year from the date signed by the physician.
    • Religious Purpose

Download the Affidavit Request for Exemption (Age 18-21 years) Here

Download the Affidavit Request for Exemption (17 years old or younger) Here

Important Considerations

1) Students are strongly encouraged to obtain the bacterial meningitis vaccination prior to moving to the Huntsville area or entering the United States.

2) The bacterial meningitis vaccination must be administered by a Health Practitioner authorized by law to administer an immunization.

3) Vaccinations older than 5 years will require a booster.