Here’s what you need to know about bacterial meningitis.
Bacterial meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that cause meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. There is treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities. It is important to consult a physician about the need for immunization to prevent disease.
In accordance with Texas State Law SB 62, all entering or returning students under the age of 22 as of the university’s first day of class for a particular semester must be immunized against bacterial meningitis. The immunization or a booster must have been received less than five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
|First Day of Class||Deadline to Receive Immunization||Booster Required (If immunization was received prior to date)|
|July 5, 2018||June 25, 2018||July 5, 2013|
|August 27, 2018||August 17, 2018||August 27, 2013|
|January 14, 2019||January 4, 2019||January 14, 2014|
Students will not be allowed to register for classes until this immunization requirement is fulfilled.
The following entering students must comply with this requirement unless exempted.
Acceptable documentation includes: