Also See: Meningitis Information
ATTENTION, ALL TEXAS ENTERING COLLEGE STUDENTS:
YOU NEED A MENINGITIS VACCINE (MCV4) BEFORE YOU GO TO COLLEGE.
IT IS A NEW REQUIREMENT PASSED BY THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE (SENATE BILL 1107, 82ND LEGISLATURE).
WITHOUT THE VACCINE, YOU CANNOT ENTER COLLEGE.
YOU NEED THE VACCINE IF YOU ARE
- A first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education.
- A transfer student
- A student who previously attended an institution of higher education before Jan. 1, 2012, and who is enrolling again following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VACCINE COST, WHERE TO GET THE VACCINE, EXEMPTIONS, AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION, GO TO
or call the Texas Immunization Information Line at
A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis, or a booster dose, if the student is 30 years of age or older, or if the student is enrolled only in online or other distance-education courses.
A student can be temporarily excused from the requirement if the student submits to the institution:
- An affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, stating that in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student (valid for one year); or
- An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption affidavit from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board must be used. The form is available from the Lee College Admissions Office (valid for two years). It must be notarized (notaries are available at the college).
Lee College will accept faxed or e-mailed copies of vaccination records when accompanied by the meningitis vaccination verification form. Instructions are on the form. Medical excuses (doctor’s notes) and affidavits of objection for reasons of conscience must be submitted in person or by mail using original documentation.