Meningitis Vaccine Requirements
In addition to reviewing the following information regarding meningitis vaccination requirements, all students are advised to review this link with Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis.
Effective January 1, 2012 (with updates effective January 1, 2014):
In compliance with state law THECB Rules, Chapter 21, Subchapter T
The meningococcal vaccination is required for all:
- new students (including freshmen, transfer, or graduate students)
- returning students who are being readmitted following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.
Required documentation must be provided to the LCU Medical Clinic.
Acceptable records of the vaccination (including month, date, and year administered) may be obtained from any of the following:
- Immunization Form verified by signature or stamp of a physician or other licensed health care professional.
- Official Immunization Record generated from a state or local health department.
- Immunization Record from High School or Previous College/University - Must have an official stamp or signature. These immunization records do not transfer automatically; you must request a copy.
The meningococcal vaccination must have been administered at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester of the student's initial enrollment, but no more than 5 years prior to the first day of the semester.
Exempt from the requirement are:
- Students who are age 22 years or older by the first day of the start of the semester.
- Students enrolled only in online or other distance education courses.
- Students enrolled only in a continuing education course that is less than 360 contact hours, or continuing education corporate training.
- Students 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.
- Students who are exempted for medical reasons (i.e. the vaccination is considered injurious to the health of the student), as documented by a licensed physician in a signed statement on letterhead paper.
- Students requesting an exemption for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs.
- Per state law, this must be done by submitting the official Texas DSHS affidavit form. Request for this form may be done online or by mail/fax. Further details available at collegevaccinerequirements.com/exemption.php
- Once requested, the affidavit form is mailed from DSHS to the address provided by the student. The DSHS recommends that students allow up to two weeks to receive the form. The affidavit must then be completed, notarized, and submitted to the LCU Medical Clinic.
- Students choosing to seek exemption for reasons of conscience are advised to consult a physician about the importance of immunization against bacterial meningitis to prevent the disease.
Students who have not provided the necessary documentation will not be allowed to attend class.
Please refer to the following websites for clarifications or additional information:
If you have further questions, please call the LCU Medical Clinic at: (806) 720-7482