Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Bacterial Meningitis (Senate Bill 1107)

Attention: Students & Parents

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

Please submit your vaccination record, affidavit, or a certificate to the following office as soon as possible:

 

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

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.
     

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.


Immunization Resources

The Bacterial Meningitis vaccine may be obtained in Kingsville at the following locations at minimal to no cost. Students are encouraged to visit their primary care provider prior to enrollment. Students may want to check local public health departments or local pharmacies. in Kingsville, contact: The Family Planning Clinic & Men's Health Center

The Family Planning Clinic & Men’s Health Center
1218 N. Armstrong
Kingsville, Tx 78363
361-595-1929

Transmission

Meningitis is contagious and is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions. 11% of individuals that contract the illness die within hours of the onset of symptoms, even if treatment has begun. 15 college students die each year from bacterial meningitis. Those whom survive often endure physical effects such as blindness, deafness, amputations, brain and/or kidney damage. Pre-teens, adolescents, and college freshmen are at an increased risk for contracting meningitis.

Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the meninges, the protective membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the meninges.

Meningitis is characterized by 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.

To learn more about meningitis, please visit www.cdc.gov for details.

Please feel free to call the Health Care Clinic if you have any questions: 361-593-2904 or visit our website at www.tamuk.edu/shw

This page was last updated on: September 27, 2013