Meningitis Information

Requirements
Deadline
Forms
Submitting Documentation
Legislation

REQUIREMENTS

All students, under the age of 22, will be required to provide documentation of a bacterial meningitis vaccination by the deadline. Proper documentation must include one of the following:

• A certificate signed by a health care practitioner.

• An official immunization record that includes the student’s name, date of birth, date the immunization was administered, and signature or stamp of the health care provider/agency.

• A completed exemption form.

• An online waiver form.

The bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster must be administered within five years of the deadline.

Students who do not submit their immunization record by the deadline will not be allowed to attend classes for the semester.

This requirement is applicable to:

• Students who are new to the University of North Texas Health Science Center and under 22.

• Current or Former UNTHSC students who were not enrolled at UNTHSC in the previous long semester (fall or spring) and under 22.

It is important that students and their parents consult a physician about the need to be immunized against bacterial meningitis to prevent the disease. Be sure to read about bacterial meningitis. Immunizations are available from a personal physician or a local Health Department.


DEADLINE


Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
 School of Public Health
 December 27, 2013
 May 17, 2014
August 8, 2014
 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
 December 27, 2013
 May 17, 2014
August 8, 2014
 Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine


July 11, 2014
 School of Health Professions


July 11, 2014
 UNTS College of Pharmacy


August 8, 2014

Records must be received by 5:00 PM on the date listed above.

Students will be allowed to enroll prior to submitting documentation. However classes will be cancelled after 5:00 PM on the date listed above for students who have not submitted proper documentation. Students who do not submit their immunization record by the deadline will not be allowed to attend classes for the semester.

If you will be unable to make this deadline, please contact the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible!


FORMS

Submitting Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Vaccination Records

UNTHSC Meningitis Immunization Record Form

• Use this form to submit the meningitis vaccination record.

• You must have this form signed by a health care professional or attach an official immunization record that includes the student’s name, date of birth, date the immunization was administered, and signature or stamp of the health care provider/agency.

Waivers & Exemptions

Online Waiver

• Students that are enrolled exclusively in online (distance learning) courses and will not be attending any classes on the campus may submit a waiver for exemption from the meningitis vaccination requirement.

• Students will need to submit the Meningitis Waiver for Online Course Enrollment each term in which the exemption is requested. If the student wishes to attend classes on campus at any point, they must immediately submit proof of meningitis vaccination to the Registrar's Office. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of courses.

Medical Exemption Affidavit

• Used to request a medical exemption.

• Must be signed by a physician.

Exemption for Reasons of Conscience

• The form can be received by sending a written request via fax, mail, in person, or through the online request website to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

• Upon receiving the affidavit in the mail:

   1. Check the box beside the vaccine(s) you do not want to receive.

   2. Go to a Notary Public and have it notarized (contact us about notaries on campus).

   3. Only sign the form in the presence of a Notary Public.

   4. Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar.



SUBMITTING DOCUMENTATION

Mailing Address
Office of the Registrar
CEEAD-244
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2644
Email Address Fax Number
registrar@unthsc.edu  817-735-0448

LEGISLATION

The 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, revised existing statutory requirements for higher education students related to vaccination against bacterial meningitis. To read more about this legislation, please visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website or read Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 21 SubChapter T of the Texas Administrative Code.

In 2013, Texas legislation changed making the age requirement for the bacterial meningitis under 22 years of age.

This page last updated 23rd Oct 2013