Vaccination Requirement – Bacterial Meningitis

Vaccination Requirement

Per Texas Senate Bill no. 62, beginning January 1, 2012, all entering Texas college students, under the age of 22, must receive a vaccination or booster (if the vaccination is five years old) against bacterial meningitis before enrollment. Acceptable forms of the vaccination include Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY), Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccines (MCV) or Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (MPSV4). The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) notes the vaccination with the MenB vaccine should not replace the vaccination with MENACWY. Therefore, it does not constitute as a replacement for the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) and does not fulfill the vaccination requirement.

Before you can attend classes you must submit:

  1. A completed Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Requirement Form (PDF)
  2. Proof of immunization or the Affidavit for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience. Initiate your request to TDSHS well before your intended orientation date. It may take several weeks to receive your form during peak times. Only original copies of Affidavits are accepted.

Original Affidavits should be mailed to the University.  Online submissions are not permissible.  Please mail to the following address:

The University of Texas at Dallas The Office of the Registrar, SSB13 800 West Campbell Rd Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Evidence of vaccination must verify that the vaccination was received during the five year period prior to and no later than 10 days before the first day of the term.  Failure to receive vaccination by the dates below will prevent you from attending classes for the term.

If you are:

Entering Fall 2021 – Meningitis vaccine must be taken between August 13, 2016 and August 13, 2021

Entering Summer 2021 – Meningitis vaccine must be taken between May 14, 2016 and May 14, 2021

Entering Spring 2021 – Meningitis vaccine must be taken between January 7, 2016 and January 9, 2021

Important Updated Information Regarding Summer 2021 Term

At this time, state legislation related to the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination requirement has not been amended in response to COVID -19.

What is acceptable evidence of vaccination?

Documentation must be in English, state the name and other information sufficient to identify the individual who received the required vaccination, state the month, date and year the vaccine was administered.

  1. A statement provided by physician or other health care provider authorized by law to administer the vaccine. The statement must include the name, address, signature or stamp, state of licensure and license number of the physician or other healthcare provider who administered the required vaccination; or of the public health official who administered the vaccination.
  2. An official immunization record generated from the state or local health authority
  3. An official record received directly from a Texas school official, or a school official in another state.

Where do I submit the paperwork?

To submit the requirement form and supporting documents, follow the instructions below:

  1. Log in to
  2. Click on “Admissions Form Folder”, Vaccination Requirement – Bacterial Meningitis
  3. Click on “Meningitis Vaccine Submission”
  4. Enter your name, UTD ID and Date of Birth on the form
  5. Attach the form and supporting documents
  6. Verify the information
  7. Enter your netID
  8. Click “Submit” button

If you have issues submitting the paperwork online, please email 

Do I have to get the meningitis vaccination?

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. The bacterium that causes meningitis can also infect the blood. For more information, please review “What You Need to Know About Meningitis" (PDF).

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