On July 11, 2013, the 83rd ICUT Legislative Mandate #2 Meningitis Vaccination Update stated that all Texas college students who are under 22 years of age must show proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis within the last 5 years. This mandate went into effect on October 1, 2013.
In order to register for classes, such students must properly complete and submit ONE of three compliance documents:
- Receive the bacterial meningitis vaccine and turn in a vaccination certificate to their university, OR
- Turn in a doctor’s note exempting them from the vaccine due to health risks, OR
- Turn in the Texas Department of State Health Services affidavit saying they opt out of the vaccine for reasons of conscience (including religious reasons).
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