Submit Proof of Vaccination
Beginning January 2014, Texas state law (SB 62) mandates that all entering students under the age of 22 show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose during the five-year period prior to enrolling. They must get the vaccine at least 10 days before the semester begins. Students may also submit proof of approved conscience exemption from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- All newly admitted students under the age of 22
- Students under the age of 22 who are returning to the Language and Culture Center after an absence of one semester or longer
The MCV4 and MPSV4 are the only vaccines currently accepted:
- MCV4: quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine
- MPSV4: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine
One of the following must be submitted to the LCC:
- A Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Compliance Form containing the required information with the signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel. The form must be completed fully, including the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered.
- An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority that shows the month, day, and year the vaccination or booster dose was administered. Documentation must be in English and submitted with the Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Compliance Form.
- An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, and in which it is stated that, in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well being of the student. Documentation must be in English and submitted with the Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Compliance Form.
- An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state
We encourage applicants to submit documents to the LCC together their applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will a vaccination from my country fulfill the requirement?
Will a vaccination from my country fulfill the requirement?Yes, a vaccination record for one of the two accepted vaccines from a country outside the U.S. will meet the requirements. If the vaccination record is in a language other than English, we will need a certified English translation of the document.
Can I present medical documentation from my country in order to get an exemption due to medical reasons?
The Meningitis Vaccination Law requires that you visit a doctor in the U.S. to be able to get an exemption for medical reasons. We recommend that you bring an English translation of your records with you, so that you can present them to a U.S. physician. You will need to make sure that your travel arrangements will give you sufficient time to visit a doctor in the U.S.
Where can I get the bacterial meningitis vaccine in the U.S.?
The bacterial meningitis vaccine is available at most doctors' offices and private clinics, pharmacy chains, and some minor emergency centers or medi-clinics. The Student UH Health Center offers the bacterial meningitis vaccine for a cost to admitted students. Call them in advance to confirm that the facility offers the vaccine and accepts your insurance.
How can I get an exemption for reasons of conscience?
What happens if I don't provide the necessary documentation?
You will not be able to attend classes until the proper documentation is received.
What are the common reasons you would not accept my documentation for proof of bacterial meningitis immunization?
The most common reasons that student documentation may not be accepted and have to be resubmitted include:
- Record is not legible. The copy is not clear or important information is cut off.
- Documentation is not recognized. Many doctors will use their own form of abbreviation or documentation that cannot be deciphered.
- Incomplete dates. Dates must include the day, month, and year.
- Invalid vaccine. Documentation submitted does not include the specific type of bacterial meningitis vaccine or is for an unacceptable vaccine.