Bacterial Meningitis Requirements

Please read all of the following information regarding bacterial meningitis vaccination requirements for all new students entering Texas A&M University-Kingsville. All new students are required to obtain proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination before they will be allowed to attend orientation and register for/attend classes on campus. Students must obtain the necessary vaccination documentation prior to attending orientation. For more information, click here. 

Who is Affected? First-time Freshmen, Transfer Students and Returning Students

What is Needed? Valid proof of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five-year period preceding, and at least 10 days prior to, the first class day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution or valid proof of exemption

Why is it Needed? A student cannot register for classes, attend on-campus classes or live on campus without valid proof of vaccination or exemption on file with the TAMUK Student Health and Wellness Office

When Does it Need to Be Submitted? Students should submit proof of their vaccination as soon as possible but no later than at least 15 days prior to their orientation session

Where Does it Need to Be Submitted? Proof of vaccination or exemption should be provided to TAMUK Student Health and Wellness by mail, fax or in person:

Mailing Address:
Student Health and Wellness
Health Care Clinic
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
MSC 112, 700 University Blvd.
Kingsville, Texas 78363

Fax: (361) 593-2006

Physical Address (In Person):
Student Health and Wellness Building
1210 Retama
Kingsville, Texas

Entering student includes:

  • New student: a first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education, including a student who transfers to the institution from another institution;
  • Returning student: a student who previously attended an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education before January 1, 2012, and who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.

Valid proof of vaccination or receiving a booster dose includes:

  • the signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel on a form which shows the month, day and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered;
  • an official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority; or
  • an official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.

 Exceptions For Exemption

A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis or evidence of receiving a booster dose if:

  • Student is 22 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester, or
  • Student is enrolled only in online or other distance education courses; or
  • Student is enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or continuing education corporate training; or
  • Student is enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus; or
  • Student is incarcerated in a Texas prison; or
  • Student has submitted 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; or
  • Student has submitted an affidavit signed by the student stating 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. Form may be downloaded by clicking here.

 Please click here to review and/or print a bacterial meningitis information sheet. Please contact TAMUK Student Health and Wellness at (361) 593-2904 or visit for questions or additional information.