Immunization Requirements for College Entrance

Immunization Requirements for College Entrance

As of January 1, 2014, all entering students at an institution of higher education* are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose during the five-year period prior to enrolling [SB 62, 83rd (R) Texas Legislature]. They must get the vaccine at least 10 days before the semester begins. See the exemptions section for more information on exemptions from these requirements. Note: this requirement represents a change from the previous legal requirement regarding this same vaccine. 

 
*an “institution of higher education,” for purposes of this requirement, includes a “private or independent institution of higher education” per Texas Education Code Sec. 51.9192; see Education Code Sec. 61.003 for full definitions of these terms. 
 
Entering college students required to receive meningococcal vaccination and students not required to receive meningococcal vaccine are defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules, Chapter 21, Sub-chapter T, Sections §§21.612, 21.613, 21.614 
 
For more information visit CollegeVaccineRequirements.com  
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