Bacterial Meningitis Requirements
Texas state law requires that all entering students under the age of 22 must provide evidence of receiving an initial bacterial meningitis vaccine dose or booster within the last five years unless they are exempt (see exemptions below). Students must show proof of having the vaccination at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution. Students who fail to submit required meningitis vaccine documentation may not register for classes. A block will be placed on your student record and will not be removed for any reason until your proper documentation is on file with the Admissions Office.
Note: The only two vaccines approved at this time are MCV4 (Menveo) and MPSV4 (Menactra). The Meningitis B (MenB) vaccine is not required and will not fulfill your meningitis documentation requirement at this time.
Who is Affected?
- All first time credit students
- All new transfer credit students
- All returning DCCCD students who have experienced a break in DCCCD enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester
- New and returning continuing education students enrolled in programs that are at least 360 contact hours or greater
- Dual Credit, Middle College, Early College, and Charter High School students attending classes located on a DCCCD college campus.
Who is Exempt?
- Any student over the age of 22 (by the first day of class)
- Any student enrolled in 100% on-line or distance education courses, View 100% Distance Education Affidavit.
- Any student who is enrolled in continuing education courses/programs with less than 360 contact hours
- Any student who submits an affidavit stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. View form here.
- Any student who submits a signed affidavit or certificate from a physician that states the vaccination would be injurious to the health of the student. View form here.
- Any student enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a DCCCD college campus.
- Any DCCCD student incarcerated in a Texas prison.
What do I Need to Provide?
A completed, signed and dated copy of DCCCD’s Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Compliance form along with any required documentation as noted on the form. In order to avoid enrollment delays, students are strongly encouraged to receive the appropriate vaccinations early.
Click here for complete requirements.
Note: Richland College does not provide meningitis vaccinations.