About the Texas State Law for Bacterial Meningitis
Effective January 1, 2014 Texas state law ( Senate Bill 62) requires that on the first day of class at an institution of higher education in Texas, Sam Houston State University, students must provide proof of immunization OR an accepted waiver for bacterial meningitis.
If you meet one of the following criteria, SHSU requires you to submit either your evidence of vaccine or one of the approved methods of waiver from the vaccine before being able to register for classes or secure on campus housing:
Note: If you are 22 or older this requirement does not apply to you
You are a returning student who did NOT attend classes at SHSU the preceding semester
You are an entering first time freshman
You are an entering first time transfer student
You are an entering graduate or post-baccalaureate student
Which vaccine do I need?
Per the SHSU Meningitis Policy our students are expected to receive the following vaccination:
MCV 4 vaccine (MenACWY/MPSV) Brand Name: Menveo, Menactra or Menomune
If recommended by their medical provider, students may also get the following vaccination in addition to the required vaccination:
MenB Vaccine Brand Name: Trumenba and BexSero
This vaccination must have been received during the 5 years prior to enrollment.
A medical affidavit or certificate signed by a physician registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States stating that in the opinion of the physician the required meningitis vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student
This affidavit must have the contact information for the physician writing it provided
This letter will only be good for 1 year and new documentation will be required upon its expiration; unless your physician indicates you have a lifelong condition
Follow the steps to upload the letter to your Patient Portal for review
There is an immunization hold on your account since we do not have evidence of meningitis vaccine on file. Effective January 1, 2012, The State of Texas requires all entering students to show evidence of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccine or a booster dose, which must be current within the last 5 years prior to entering SHSU.
Once you have submitted your meningitis record through the patient portal, and it has been approved it takes the system 24 hours to process this information, and the immunization hold will be removed from your account.
The State of Texas requires the vaccine to be current within the last 5 years before the first class day. For example, if you received the vaccine on 08/06/2014, your vaccine would have expired on 08/06/2019.
If your initial vaccine expires during your course of attendance at SHSU, you do not have to get a new vaccine unless you are out of the University for a full semester and it expires during that time.