Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

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 10 days before the first day of classes or 10 days prior to moving into the residence halls.

Therefore, if you are under the age of 22 (effective 1/1/2014) and are:

1) a returning student, who did NOT attend classes at SHSU the preceding semester

2) an entering freshman

3) a transfer student

OR 4) an entering graduate or post-baccalaureate student

You must submit Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis.

If you meet the criteria listed above, please submit one of the following forms:

*If you are an Online or Distance Education ONLY student, you DO NOT need to submit a Waiver Form or Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis Form. If you decide to take a class on campus, you will need to submit some form of documentation that is listed below.

1. Evidence of Vaccination

Evidence of Vaccination must verify that the vaccination was received at least 10 days prior to living on campus or attending classes, whichever is sooner.  Evidence of Vaccination must be submitted in the following format:

2. Evidence to Decline Vaccination For Medical or Religious Purposes

 Evidence to Decline Vaccination must be submitted in the following format:

  • An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.  Two options are available for exemption from immunizations for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience. Please read carefully as to which option fits your status.
    • For new students (age 18 years or older) at institutions of higher education and NOT living or residing in on-campus housing, who wish to file an affidavit stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, the student may use the official Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's form - Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience. The student must print the form, have it notarized, and file it with the Student Health Center by the university's deadline.

                       --OR--

    • For new students living in on-campus housing or for any student under the age of 18, which includes student housing facilities located on the campus of an institution of higher education, such as dormitories, sorority and fraternity houses, privately owned residence halls, and apartments, the student must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) form - Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience. Once the form is completed electronically, it is then mailed from DSHS to the student and it may take up to two weeks to receive the form. *This form must also be used by students under the age of 18, regardless of whether they are living on or off campus.*
  • 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.

If a student requests this form without sufficient time for delivery, the student may be  blocked from registration or subject to courses being dropped.

 

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.

 

How to Submit Evidence of Vaccination or an Affidavit to Decline

Documents should be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the Student Health Center.

Email:  shc@shsu.edu

Fax:    936-294-2304

Mail:    Vaccination Processing

           Student Health Center

           Campus Box 2358

           Huntsville, TX 77341-2358

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.

 

Businesses Offering the Vaccine

The SHSU Student Health Center strongly encourages students to obtain the vaccine at their primary care physician's office. If you have insurance, most vaccines will require only a co-pay.

SHSU Student Health Center

1528 Avenue J

Huntsville, TX 77341

936-294-1805 - Call first for availability

$110.00 - Do not accept insurance

The cost of the vaccine will be placed onto the student's account within 24 hours and the student will have 14 days to pay.


Walgreens

1570 11th St

Huntsville, TX 77340

936-291-6764

No appointment necessary

Call to check on a price - Accepts some insurance

Kroger

111 Interstate 45 S

Huntsville, TX 77340

936-291-9598

No appointment necessary but suggested to come in before 4 p.m.

Call to check on a price


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