Yes. Texas LawÂ requires all students under age 22 entering an institution of higher education to provide current proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis (an immunization given within 5 years of the date of intended enrollment) or meet certain requirements for declining such a vaccination. Newly admitted students who have not provided documentation of vaccination have a meningitis deficiency hold placed on their account. The hold will be removed once the appropriate immunization documentation has been provided to Texas A&M. The meningitis deficiency hold will prevent you from checking in to your New Student Conference and registering for classes, so it is imperative you submit documentationÂ at least 10 days prior to arriving at your NSC. For more information, please visit: http://admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis/.
The law further states that students must have received the vaccination no later than 10 days before the first day of the semester in which the student enrolls. Students attending a New Student Conference less than 10 days before the first day of class or enrolling for a summer term must be sure to have documentation submitted within this time frame.
If you arrive at your New Student Conference and have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you will not be able to check in and must take care of your immunization requirement immediately.Â Vaccinations will be available at the Beutel Health Center on campus at a cost comparable to that at a local pharmacy.Â Payment by check or credit card can be made when the vaccination is administered, or the charge can be added to your fee statement. Students are highly encouraged to take care of this requirement prior to the New Student Conference, as the cost of the vaccination may be lower through your current health care provider.
To determine if you have satisfied the evidence of vaccination requirement for bacterial meningitis for your student file, go to the Applicant Information System (AIS) website, applicant.tamu.edu, and ensure that a check mark is present on the Bacterial Meningitis checklist item found under the âAdditional credentials required prior to Enrollment/Registrationâ section. For more information including where to send your documentation, visit http://admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis/.Â Or, upload your proof of vaccination through AIS by choosing the link under the âUpload Supporting Documentsâ section.Â Your will be able to view your immunization document on the AIS screen within the next 24 hours.