Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement
Texas Senate Bill 1107 requires that all new students under age 22 who attend on-campus classes at an institution of higher learning either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination before the first day of the semester.
The requirement also applies to returning students under age 22 who were not enrolled in the previous long semester. All new or returning Lamar Institute of Technology students under age 22 who were not enrolled in the previous long semester must provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or exemption through one of the six methods listed below.
The law states that students who do not qualify for an exemption must be immunized no later than 10 days prior to the first class day. This vaccination is valid for a five-year period. Make sure yours has not expired. Take action now in order to register on time.
How to provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination or exemption
- The Lamar Institute of Technology Immunization Record/Medical Exemption Form that is completed and signed by a physician, his or her designee or public health official.
- A document bearing the signature or stamp of a physician, his or her designee or public health official. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility and the day, month and year the vaccination was administered.
- An official immunization record generated by a state or local health authority. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility and the day, month and year the vaccination was administered.
- An official school record that indicates a current bacterial meningitis vaccination. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility and the day, month and year the vaccination was administered.
- 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. This document must state the name of the physician and the name and address of the medical facility.
- An affidavit, which must be signed by the student and notarized, stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, which may include a religious belief. The exemption form must be requested from the Texas Department of State Health Services and may take up to two weeks for delivery by mail: Request for Conscientious Objection Form.
Where to get the vaccination:
Facilities where the vaccination may be available appear below.
Lamar University Student Health Center
857 E. Virginia
Beaumont TX 77705
NOTE: Student must have a Lamar ID and Student Identification Number to make an appointment.
2950 Dowlen Road, Beaumont and 2712 Highway 365, Nederland
3950 Dowlen Road, Beaumont
3610 N. Major Drive, Beaumont and 8455 9th Avenue, Port Arthur
Beaumont Public Health Center
950 Washington Blvd., Beaumont
Hardin County Health Department
Orange County Health Department
2014 North 10th Street, Orange
Port Arthur City Health Department
449 Austin Avenue, Port Arthur
Submitting immunization/ exemption documents:
Immunization or exemption documentation may be submitted to Lamar Institute of Technology electronically, through the U.S. Postal Service, in person or via fax.
Student Services Office, Beeson 121
Lamar Institute of Technology
Student Services Office
P.O. Box 10043
Beaumont TX 77710