In accordance with the Vaccination Policy under the
HEOA Sec. 488(a)(1)(E): amended HEA Sec. 485(a)(1) (20 U.S.C. 1092(a)(1)): added HEA Sec. 485(a)(1)(V)
HEOA amendment effective August 14, 2008, institutions must make available to current and prospective students information about institutional policies regarding vaccinations.
As of January 1, 2012, first time students, including transfer students, entering Texas A&M International University must submit evidence of having been vaccinated against Bacterial Meningitis at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester.
A certificate signed by a health practitioner or an official immunization record providing evidence of vaccination MCV4 or MPSV4 may be accepted if administered or boosted within the past 5 years. The student has the right to claim an exemption from the vaccination requirement.
Evidence of Vaccination
Evidence of Vaccination must verify that the vaccination was received at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester and must be submitted in one of the following four 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).
Evidence to Decline Vaccination
Evidence to Decline Vaccination must be submitted in one of the following:
- Conscientious Objections for Medical Reasons: An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.
- Conscientious Objections Form for student NOT LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING: An affidavit signed by the students statring that the student declines the vaccination for the bacterial meningitis for the reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board must be used and can be requested downloaded from the following link (Exemption from Immunization for Bacterial Meningitis for Reasons of Conscience). Please complete the instructions provided on the conscience exemption form.
- Conscientious Objection Form for Student LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING OR UNDER AGE 18: An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used and can be requested here - Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience. Please allow several weeks for delivery.*This form must also be used by students under the age of 18, regardless of whether they are living on or off campus.
- You are strongly encouraged to obtain the bacterial meningitis vaccination before entering the United States.
All students must return the Immunization Record Form to Student Health Services (Student Center 125, firstname.lastname@example.org).
PLEASE READ EACH FORM VERY CAREFULLY.
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CDC Information on Bacterial Meningitis
Texas A&M International University - Student Health Services
Student Center 125 Phone: (956) 326-2235 Fax: (956) 326-2234