New Law Requires Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination
The 83rd Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 62, which requires all new North Central Texas College students under the age of 22 to submit evidence of being immunized against meningococcal meningitis.
Beginning January 2014, the meningitis vaccination (MV) requirement applies to the following:
- All first time freshmen
- All new transfer students
- All returning students who have experienced a break in NCTC enrollment of at least one Fall or Spring semester
- All new dual credit students enrolled in a course being taught on an NCTC campus
Contact NCTC Residential Life for additional requirements needed for students residing in the dorms.
The meningitis vaccination record must be submitted to NCTC’s Admissions Office before being cleared to register for classes. Meningitis vaccinations must be administered within the five-year period immediately preceding, and at least 10 days prior to the first semester enrolled or re-enrolled at NCTC.
One of the following must be faxed, mailed, or submitted to the Admissions Office before being cleared to register:
- Certification from a physician or clinic that the student has been vaccinated during the five-year period immediately preceding, and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
- An immunization record from a state or local health authority or an official record received from school officials (must be within 5 years).
- An official record received from school officials.
- For those students who do not wish to receive the vaccination due to personal or religious beliefs, there is an option to submit a conscience form. Students who prefer to not be vaccinated due to matters of conscience will need to fill out the conscience form through the state. For more information, please visit the State of Texas Department of State Health Services web page.
Certifications and/or records need to include the following:
- The month, day, and year the vaccination was administered, including a record from another state.
- The signature or stamp of the physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel.
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