Student Health and Wellness

Health Services

Meningitis


Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord. It is contagious and is spread by the respiratory and throat secretions of someone who has the infection.  Examples of the mode of transmission include kissing, coughing on someone, or sharing drinks.  Symptoms of meningitis include a sudden onset of fever, headache, and neck stiffness. Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, or a change in mental status may occur.

Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection.  Even if treatment is started, individuals may die within 24-48 hours of the onset of symptoms.  The chances of death increase if an individual does not receive appropriate treatment.  In survivors, bacterial meningitis may also result in blindness, deafness, amputations, brain damage, and kidney damage. 

For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control at  www.cdc.gov  and the World Health Organization at www.who.int.

Meningitis Vaccination Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2014, in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB 1107), it is required that all

  • new students
  • transfer students
  • and returning students who have had a fall or spring semester break in their attendance at an institution of higher education

provide proof of a current bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster 10 days prior to the first class day of the entering semester. Without the evidence of vaccination, a student cannot attend classes on campus and will be dropped from all classes on the first class day.

For more information, students and parents or guardians may contact the Health Care Clinic at 361-593-3196.

Meningitis Vaccination Requirement Exceptions

This new law does not apply to any of the following students:

  • a student who is 22 years of age or older by the first day of the semester.
  • a student who is enrolled only in online courses or other distance education courses.
  • a student who is enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus, or
  • a student who is incarcerated in a Texas prison.

Proof of Meningitis Vaccination Currently Accepted

A student may present any of the following as evidence of a current meningitis vaccination:

  • The signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee or public health personnel on a form that shows the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered or
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority or
  • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.

The meningitis vaccine required is the quadrivalent vaccine and NOT the meningitis B (MenB) vaccine.  Examples of the accepted quadrivalent meningitis vaccine include the Menactra and Menveo vaccines.  Any Meningitis B (MenB) vaccine will not be accepted as proof of meningitis vaccination.

Required quadrivalent meningitis vaccines must be administered and recorded by a healthcare provider less than 5 years from the first day of the semester in which a student will be enrolled and required to show proof.  Meningitis vaccines older than 5 years will not be accepted. For example:

  • If you are entering in Summer I 2021 (first class day June1, 2021), your vaccine must not have been administered before June 1, 2016.
  • If you are entering in Summer II 2021 (first class day July 5, 2021), your vaccine must not have been administered before July 5, 2016.
  • If you are entering in Fall 2021 (first call day August 17, 2021), your vaccine must not have been administered before August 17, 2016.

Meningitis Vaccination Exemptions Currently Accepted

A student may present any of the following as evidence of exemption from a meningitis vaccine

  • An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, 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.
  • An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used for students attending a public university, health-related institution, or private or independent institution of higher education. The form must be submitted to the designated department or unit no later than the 90 the day after the date the affidavit is notarized. (See Resources tab.)

 How to Submit Your Meningitis Vaccine Record

The following methods are accepted ways of turning in your meningitis record to the University. Email is not considered an accepted method of turning in your vaccine record. Vaccine records received by email will not be processed. Please feel free to call the Health Care Clinic at 361-593-3196 if you have any questions.

By Mail                      

Student Health and Wellness

Health Care Clinic

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

700 University Blvd, MSC 112

Kingsville, Texas  78363

By Fax                    

361-593-2006

Email

Not Accepted for Healthcare Records

Vaccine records received by email will not be processed.

In-Person

Place record in the black drop box on the wall outside of the Student Health and Wellness front entrance. Student Health and Wellness is located at 1210 N. Retama Street in Kingsville, TX.  We are across from Physical Plant and right next door to the softball stadium.

Obtaining the Meningitis Vaccine

Students may obtain the meningitis vaccine from their primary care physicians, local health departments, or local pharmacies. 

In Kingsville, you may contact:

Texas Department of State Health Services - Immunizations (Uninsured Patients Only)

100 W. King Avenue

361-221-3023

The Family Planning Clinic (Uninsured Patients Only)

1218 N. Armstrong

361-595-1929

Women's & Men's Health Services (Uninsured Patients Only)

1022 South 14th Street Suite B

361-595-1875

CVS

1000 E. King Ave.

361-592-9397

HEB

409 E. Kleberg Ave.

361-595-5641

Wal-Mart

1133 E. General Cavazos Blvd.

361-595-5429

Walgreens

922 E. King Ave.

361-221-9714

This page was last updated on May 5, 2021.