Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination
As of January 1, 2012, all entering college and university students are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose within five years from the start of classes.
The following students are required to receive the vaccine or provide documentation to prove the vaccine was received within the last five years, from the start of classes:
- All first-time students at UTSA
- All students who are transferring from any institution of higher education to UTSA
- All students who previously attended an institution of higher education before January 1, 2012
- All students who previously attended UTSA and who are enrolling following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester
Students are required to receive the vaccine at least 10 days before the start of the semester.
The following students are exempt from receiving the vaccine:
- All students 22 or older on the first day of classes of the semester in which you are enrolling at UTSA
- All students who are only enrolled in online or distance education courses
- All students who not located on campus
- All students who are enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours
- All students who decline the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. Before you can register for classes, a waiver must be completely filled out, signed in the correct areas, and notarized. Required forms differ depending upon whether you are 18 or older and where you plan to reside. Waiver instructions can be found on the Student Health Services website.
If you are required to have the vaccination, Student Health Services will accept any one of the following:
- A copy of official immunization record issued by a state or local health authority in your country;
- A statement provided by a physician or other health care provider authorized by law to administer the required vaccine;
- If you are in the United States, a copy of an official record received directly from a Texas school official or a school official in another state.
All required documentation must:
- Be written in English
- State your name and date of birth
- State the month, date, and year the required vaccine was administered
- If the documentation is not an official immunization record or a school record, it must also include:
° The name, address, phone number of the facility where the vaccine was administered, or
° The name, address, signature or stamp of the public health official who administered the vaccine
- Documentation from pharmacies must include name and address, phone number of the facility, where the vaccine was administered, as well as patient name and name of person who administered immunization.
You can submit your immunization records to UTSA Student Health Services in person, by fax, by mail, or by email.
- Mailing Address:
UTSA Student Health Services
One UTSA Circle, RWC 1.500
San Antonio, TX 78249
- Fax: (210) 458-4151
- Email: StudentHealthServices@utsa.edu
This Bacterial Meningitis form should be provided with your vaccination records.
Visit the Student Health Services website for more information on how you can get the vaccination and how you can provide documentation if you already have had the vaccination.