Effective Jan. 1, 2012, TEC 51.9192 (amended by SB No. 62, effective Oct. 1, 2013), all new students under are required to submit evidence of immunization against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination.
Proof of immunization/exemption will be required before students are permitted to register for classes. The vaccination requirement applies to:
- All new first year (1L) students
- All new transfer and visiting students
- All new students auditing a course
- All returning Texas A&M students who have experienced a break in their Texas A&M enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester
You are exempt from the vaccination requirements if any of the following apply:
- You are 22 years of age of older (goes into effect October 1, 2013)
- You cannot take the vaccine because of medical reasons (must be verified by physician)
- You decline the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. PLEASE NOTE: Before you will be allowed to attend classes, you must complete an original, Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form. This is the only acceptable documentation for this exemption, and this process takes a significant amount of time. Begin well in advance of your intended start date.
Students exempt from the vaccination requirements for any of the above reasons must return a signed copy of the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Exemption Form to the Office of Admissions.