Meningitis

Attention: Students & Parents

About Meningitis

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord. It is contagious and is spread by respiratory and throat secretions (such as by kissing, coughing on someone, or sharing drinks) of someone who has the infection.   Symptoms of meningitis include a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and a change in mental status may occur.

Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection.  Even if treatment is started, individuals may die within 24-48 hours of the onset of symptoms.  The chances of death increase if an individual does not receive appropriate treatment.  In survivors, bacterial meningitis may also result in blindness, deafness, amputations, brain and kidney damage. 

For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control webpage and the World Health Organization webpage.

Immunization Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2014 in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB 1107), it is required that all new students, transfer students and returning students (who have had a fall or spring semester break in their attendance at an institution of higher education) provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster 10 days prior to the first class day of the entering semester. Without the evidence of vaccination, a student cannot attend classes on campus.

Students who do not provide the evidence of vaccination will not be allowed to attend classes and will be dropped from all classes on the first class day. 

For more information, students and families may contact the Health Care Clinic at 361-593-2904

Exceptions

This new law does not apply to the following groups of students:

  • Student is 22 years of age or older by the first day of the semester
  • Student is enrolled only in online courses or other distance education courses
  • 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.

Valid Proof of Vaccination

  1. 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.
  2. An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority; or
  3. An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.

Valid Proof of Vaccination Exemption

  1. 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
  2. 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 for students attending a public university, health-related institution, or private or independent institution of higher education. The form must be submitted to the designated department or unit no later than the 90th day after the date the affidavit is notarized.
     

Submitting Your Meningitis Vaccine Record:

 

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

By Fax:                          361-593-2006

In Person:                      Student Health and Wellness
                                     1210 Retama - Kingsville, Texas

Obtaining the Vaccine

Students may obtain the meningitis vaccine with their primary care physicians, local health departments, or local pharmacies. 

In Kingsville, you may contact…

The Family Planning Clinic & Men’s Health Center

1218 N. Armstrong

Kingsville, Tx 78363

361-595-1929

Wal-Mart

1133 E. General Cavazos Blvd.

(361) 595-5429

HEB

409 E. Kleberg Ave.

(361) 592-5641

Walgreens

922 E. King Ave.

(361) 221-9714

CVS

1000 E. King Ave.

(361) 592-9397

This list is subject to change.

Please feel free to call the Health Care Clinic if you have any questions: 361-593-2904

This page was last updated on: June 15, 2016