Meningitis Vaccine Requirement

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Also See: Meningitis Information

First-time, transferring, or returning students at Lee College may be required to show evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis. The new requirement is due to a mandate put forth in Texas Senate Bill 1107, passed in 2011 and updated by Senate Bill 62 in 2013. The initial bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose must be administered within the five years immediately preceding enrollment, and at least 10 days prior to the start date of classes for a term.

Meningitis is a very serious, often fatal, disease that may easily spread in the college environment. We are committed to taking precautions to protect the health and well-being of our students.

For more on the disease and requirement, see http://collegevaccinerequirements.com.
The following are the only acceptable forms of evidence to show you have been vaccinated or received a booster:

  • The signature or stamp of a physician or health practitioner on a form which shows the month, day and year the vaccine was administered OR
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority OR
  • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.

Unless you meet one of the conditions below, you MUST submit your immunization record or an official exemption document in order to register for classes.

You do NOT have to comply if you are:

  • Age 22 or older (for classes starting after January 1, 2014).
  • Registered ONLY in online classes
  • Participating in Community Education (non-credit) training totaling less than 360 contact hours in a semester
  • Enrolled in dual credit courses taught at a public or private K-12 facility not on the college campus
  • Incarcerated and receiving education at a prison facility

Lee College is required to inform you that there are authorized exemptions from the requirement even if you are subject to it. In order to claim an exemption, you must submit:

  • A note signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., stating that, in the physician’s opinion, the required vaccination for bacterial meningitis would be injurious to your health and well-being (must be on letterhead stationery — name & phone number of M.D. are required) OR
  • A state-authorized form indicating student’s objection to getting the vaccination, for reasons of conscience. Form must be printed from https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immcojc.

We thank you for your cooperation. Please contact the Registrar (281.425.6393, located in the Admissions and Records Office, Moler Hall) or a Lee College counselor (281.425.6384, located in the Counseling Center, Moler Hall) if you need help understanding the meningitis vaccine requirement. Staff in the Student Success Center (located in the Student Center) can assist with the objection form.

Getting the shot:

The vaccination is available at many doctor’s offices, retail pharmacies, and public health clinics. Students are urged to seek the vaccination well before registration deadlines, using their health insurance benefits if available (the shot is free under most health insurance plans). Students with no insurance are urged to compare costs between providers. Students 18 and under may be able to receive the shot free or at reduced cost at a public clinic. Generally, public clinics will not immunize anyone older than 18.

For instructions on how to submit your vaccination information, see www.lee.edu/admissions/forms.

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