Passage of Senate Bill (SB) 1107, 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, requires all entering students at Texas institutions of higher education to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis within the last five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a booster dose of meningococcal vaccine for those 16-18 years of age. If all college-bound students receive the recommended booster dose, they will meet the requirements of SB 1107.
Students under 19 years of age may be eligible for a low-cost vaccine through the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC). Parents should contact their child’s doctor for more information about the TVFC program. Children are usually eligible for TVFC if they are:
• Enrolled in Medicaid
• Enrolled in CHIP
• American Indian or Alaskan Native
• Underinsured children - A child whose health insurance does not cover vaccines; a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (TVFCeligible for non-covered vaccines only); or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount.
Parents also have the opportunity to enroll in the Texas Immunization Registry at www.ImmTrac.com, which provides electronic storage of immunization records, and allows individuals to quickly access their records as needed.
- College immunization_letter.pdf (35.72 KB)