Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

Do I need to show proof of meningitis vaccination to register?

By law in Texas (Texas Education Code, § 51.9192, Subchapter Z), all students under the age of 22 attending classes at Texas institutions of higher education must present proof of immunization for bacterial meningitis or present the appropriate exemption.

Please see the DCCCD Catalog for more information about the state of Texas’ requirements, deadlines, exceptions and exemptions, plus links to related forms.

What are my options?

Students have three options regarding meningitis vaccination records:
  1. You can provide evidence to your college’s admissions office documenting that you received your meningitis vaccination. This evidence can include:
    1. Certification from a physician, clinic or pharmacy (e.g. Kroger, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, etc.) that you were vaccinated in the past five years;
    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 five years);
    3. A signed form from a physician, showing that you received the vaccination in the past five years.
  2. You can visit with your college’s admissions office  to complete a conscientious objector form.
  3. You may decide to complete all your coursework online; however, you will not be able to complete exams or other class projects on campus if your professor requires it. For this option, you must submit a 100% Distance Education Affidavit form.
Important: To enroll for the first time — at some colleges this includes signing up for orientation — you must first complete one of the three options listed above.

Additional Exceptions and Exemptions are covered in the official DCCCD Catalog.

What is meningitis?

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.

How do I find out more information?

More information about the causes, symptoms, types, risks and seriousness, as well as ways to prevent bacterial meningitis are available at the following websites:

View location information and find out where you can get a meningitis vaccine.