Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Required - Effective January 1, 2012.
This document is subject to change based on DCCCD policies and procedures.
The Texas Education Code, § 51.9192, subchapter Z, establishes the requirement for bacterial meningitis vaccination for DCCCD students under the age of 30 to submit evidence of being immunized against meningococcal meningitis.
The meningitis vaccination requirement applies to:
- All first time credit students
- All new transfer credit students
- All returning DCCCD students who have experienced a break in DCCCD enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester
- New and returning continuing education students enrolled in programs that are at least 360 contact hours or greater
- Distance education students who live in Texas (based on actual mailing address. A Post Office box cannot be used as proof of residency)
- Dual Credit, Middle College, Early College, and Charter High School students attending classes located on a college of DCCCD
- Continuing Education students enrolled in a concurrent credit course(s)
You must submit proof of meningitis vaccination (or booster within the last five years) to your college's Admissions Office before registering for class. The date of the vaccination must be at least 10 days before the first day of class. This allows time for the vaccination to take effect.
At least one of the following must be faxed, mailed, e-mailed (with an attached PDF file) or submitted (in person) to the Admissions Office:
1. Certification from a physician or clinic that the student has been vaccinated during the 5-year period immediately preceding and prior to registration.
2. An immunization record from a state or local health authority or an official record received from school officials, including a record from another state (must be within 5 years).
3. A completed, signed and dated copy of DCCCD's Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Verification Form. The information will be maintained in the Admissions/Registrar's Office in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations and the Health and Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Important Note: Students who fail to submit required Meningitis Vaccine documentation will be restricted from registering for classes.
A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis or evidence of receiving a booster dose if:
1. Students who are 30 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester in which you enroll.
Distance education students who are not in state or country (based on actual mailing address. A 100% Distance Education Affidavit
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar's Office. A Post Office Box cannot be used as proof of residency).
3. Students enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contract hours or in continuing education corporate training.
4. Students enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private k-12 facility not located on a college of DCCCD.
5. DCCCD student incarcerated in a Texas prison.
A student, or a parent or guardian of a student, is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis if the student, or a parent or guardian of a student, submits to the Admissions/Registrar's Office one of the following:
1. An affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, stating in the physician's opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student;
An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
for students who are 18 years of age or older, or the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
for students who are 17 years of age or younger must be used.
Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is also referred to as spinal meningitis.
More information about the causes, symptoms, types, risks, and seriousness as well as ways to prevent meningococcal meningitis are available through the following links:
This information is being provided to all college students in the state of Texas. Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast - so take utmost caution. 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 a treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities.