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Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine

Effective Jan. 1, 2012, state law requires all new enrolling students and students returning after a lapse of enrollment to show evidence of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose. The vaccination must have been administered within five years of enrollment, and the latest possible date to receive the vaccine is 10 days prior to the first day of the semester.

The new law applies to undergraduate and graduate students, as outlined in Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB1107). Students must provide proof of  vaccination to the Registrar’s Office 10 days prior to the first class day of the semester. If proof is not received by this date, the student’s entire schedule will be dropped.

This requirement does not include:

Important Information 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. A bacterium that causes meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including students on 100–125 college campuses, leading to 5–15 deaths among college students every year. Treatment for the disease is available, but those who survive may still develop severe health problems or disabilities. The disease is transmitted when people exchange saliva (by engaging in activities such as kissing or sharing drink containers, utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.) or come into contact with respiratory or throat secretions. For more information, read this bacterial meningitis informational page.

Evidence of Vaccination

ASU students must verify that they received the bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester. They can submit proof of the vaccine in one of the following formats:

  • A document bearing the signature or stamp of the physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel (must indicate the month, day and year the vaccination or booster dose was administered)
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority (must indicate the month, day and year the vaccination or booster dose was administered)
  • An official record received from officials at a school attended previously, including a record from another state (must indicate the month, day, and year the vaccination or booster dose was administered)
  • The ASU Evidence of Vaccination Against Bacterial Meningitis Form

Evidence of Declined Vaccination

Students who decline the vaccination for medical reasons must submit the following documentation to the Registrar’s Office:

  • 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.

Students who decline the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief, must submit the ASU Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Exemption Form to the Registrar’s Office and  The Conscientious Exemption Form from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Please be aware that this original form is the only acceptable documentation for this exemption. (No faxes will be accepted.) Because the process takes a significant amount of time, please begin well in advance of your intended registration date and allow several weeks for delivery.  

SUBMITTING DOCUMENTATION

Submit your vaccination documentation to:
Office of the Registrar
ASU Station #10898
San Angelo, TX 76909-0898
Phone: 325-942-2043
Fax: 325-942-2553
E-mail: meningitis@angelo.edu

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read these frequently asked questions to better understand how you can provide proof of vaccination or evidence of declined vaccination.

important considerations

where to get vaccinated

Those who need to get vaccinated in the San Angelo area may contact one of the following resources: