New State Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirements
Update: Trinity Valley Community College will not be offering the bacterial meningitis vaccine on campus during registration. Students who were planning to get the vaccine during registration are encouraged to get their vaccination before the registration date by taking one of the following three steps:
Visit Anderson Drug, CVS, Brookshire's Pharmacy or Walgreens pharmacy in Athens, which are all administering the meningitis vaccine.
Visit their area doctor and ask for the vaccination. The cost will vary depending on a student’s copay requirements.
go to the Department of Health Office and apply for free or reduced cost vaccinations (this option is for students who do not have insurance and meet state criteria).
Students who are under the age of 22 and who are new or have not attended classes in more than a year will not be able to begin the registration process without showing proof of the vaccination. Those who do not have the shot and arrive for registration will be directed to the options listed above for their vaccination.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, Texas state law Senate Bill 1107 requires the following:
All entering students under 22 years of age must provide documentation of receiving an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster within the last 5 years. This includes all new and transfer students, as well as former students who are re-enrolling after a break in enrollment. Students must show proof of having the vaccination at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester.
What is the deadline for receiving the vaccine?
The vaccination must have been administered within the 5-year period immediately preceding the first semester of enrollment and at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester. Students may not register until documentation of vaccination is on file.
How do I prove I have received the vaccination?
You must provide a copy of your vaccination record to the Registrar’s Office (do not submit originals). Trinity Valley Community College will not return vaccination records submitted nor provide copies for use at other schools. Records may be mailed, faxed, or delivered in person to the Registrar's Office.
Trinity Valley Community College
100 Cardinal Dr.
Athens, TX 75751
An acceptable record of vaccination is one of the following:
A vaccination record that includes the signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee or public health personnel. Must include month, day, and year the vaccination was administered.
An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority.
An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.
The vaccination record must show receipt of either the meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Menomune or MPSV4) or meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra or Menveo or MCV4).
Are there exemptions from receiving the vaccine?
Yes. Students age 22 and older are exempt. A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis if the student, or a parent or guardian of a student, submits to the institution:
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;
An"exemption for reasons of conscience" from the Texas Department of State Health Services stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. The exemption is filled out online and you must print the certificate and turn it in at TVCC.The website is: https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immcojc.
Where can I get my vaccination?
Students can get the meningitis vaccination in Athens a few different ways:
- First, beginning on November 28, two local pharmacies in Athens, Anderson Drug and Walgreens, will be providing the shots to incoming students.
- Second, a student can visit their doctor and ask for the vaccination. The cost will vary depending on a student’s copay requirements.
- Third, a student who does not have insurance and meets state criteria can visit a Department of Health Office and apply for free or reduced cost vaccinations.
More information about Bacterial Meningitis...
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord - also called the meninges. It is important that students consult a physician about the need for the immunization against bacterial meningitis to prevent the disease. More information about the causes, symptoms, types, risks and seriousness as well as ways to prevent meningococcal meningitis are available through the following links (All links open in a new window):