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Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord. It is contagious and is spread by the 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, neck stiffness. Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, or 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 damage, and kidney damage. 

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

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 current 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 and will be dropped from all classes on the first class day.

For more information, students and parents or guardians may contact the Health Care Clinic at 361-593-3196.

This new law does not apply to any of 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.

A student may present any of the following as evidence of a current meningitis 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.

A student may present any of the following as evidence of exemption from receiving a meningitis vaccination:

  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.
  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.

The Following methods are accepted ways of turning in your meningitis record to the University.

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

Please note:Email is not considered an accepted method of turning in your vaccine record. Vaccine records received by email will not be processed.

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



1133 E. General Cavazos Blvd.

(361) 595-5429


409 E. Kleberg Ave.

(361) 592-5641


922 E. King Ave.

(361) 221-9714


1000 E. King Ave.

(361) 592-9397

This list is subject to change.

Please feel free to call the Health Care Clinic at 361-593-3196 if you have any questions.