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Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Requirement

Texas law (Senate Bill 1107 and Senate Bill 62) requires that students* entering institutions of higher education either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination at least 10 days prior to the first day of their first semester.Students who do not comply with the requirement are subject to being dropped from their classes.

Who must submit evidence of vaccination?

The vaccination requirement applies to:

  • New students
  • Transfer students
  • Returning TAMIU students who have experienced a break in their TAMIU enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester

*You are exempt from the vaccination requirements if any of the following apply:

  • You are 22 years of age or older as of the first day of the semester
  • You are enrolled only in online or other distance education courses
  • You are enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours
  • You are enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a facility not located on the TAMIU campus

You are not required to submit evidence of vaccination if:

  • You cannot take the vaccine because of medical reasons and have submitted appropriate documentation to TAMIU Student Health Services. Documentation must be turned in 10 days prior to the first day of the semester.  Bacterial Meningitis Medical Exception Form
  • You decline the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, and have submitted appropriate documentation to TAMIU Student Health Services.  Please note: You must complete an original, Texas Department of State Health Services Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form. This is the only acceptable documentation for this exemption, and this process takes a significant amount of time. Begin well in advance of your intended start date. The original, notarized form must be submitted to Student Health Services (hand-delivered or mailed) 10 days prior to the first day of the semester. Click here to request a Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form.

What is accepted as evidence of vaccination?

Evidence of vaccination must verify that the vaccination was received during the five year period prior to and no later than 10 days before the first day of the semester. All documents should include the student's name and date of birth.

Entering Term Vaccine is valid if given on or after:
Entering Maymester 2018 May 11, 2013
Entering Summer I 2018 May 25, 2013
Entering Summer II 2018 June 29, 2013
Entering Fall 2019 August 17, 2013
Entering Wintermester 2019 December 24, 2013
Entering Spring 2019 January 11, 2014


Evidence of vaccination may be submitted using one of the following formats:

  • A document bearing the signature or stamp of the physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel (must include the month, day, and year the vaccination was administered).
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority (must include the month, day, and year the vaccination was administered).
  • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state (must include the month, day, and year the vaccination was administered).
  • A complete 'Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis Form' .  Use this form if you plan to obtain your vaccination somewhere other than your physician or a health department.  This form can be used if you are getting your vaccine at a pharmacy.

International Records: Have your physician or his/her designee complete the 'Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis Form' in English.  Submit the form along with your vaccination record. 

How should evidence of vaccination be submitted?

We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks before your intended registration date to prevent possible registration delays.

All documents should be mailed, faxed, emailed or hand-delivered to TAMIU Student Health Services. Please ensure that the full document (front and back of document if information is included on both sides) is submitted.

  • Mailing Address:
    TAMIU Student Health
    Student Center 125
    5201 University Blvd.
    Laredo, TX 78041
  • Fax: (956) 326-2234

Documents may also be submitted to Office of Recruitment & School Relations.

Where can I get a meningitis vaccine?

  • You can get vaccinated through your healthcare provider, local pharmacies, and local health departments. Many insurances fully cover the cost of the vaccine.
  • TAMIU Student Health offers the meningitis vaccine at a reduced cost to registered students. Appointment is required. Call (956) 326-2235 for more information. 
  • If you purchased TAMIU Student Insurance, it covers the cost of the vaccine.  Call Student Health Services at (956) 326-2235 for referral to local pharmacies.

Where can I find additional information or resources related to meningitis, college vaccine requirements, and the law?

Bacterial Meningitis:  Information from the CDC

Bacterial Meningitis:  Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

College Vaccine Requirements

Texas Education Code (full text) 51.9192

Texas Senate Bill 62


Texas A&M International University - Student Health Services

Student Center 125   Phone: (956) 326-2235   Fax: (956) 326-2234