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Vaccination Requirements for Entering Students

Important information about Senate Bill 1107
Effective January 1, 2012 - A Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination is required for all entering students under age 30. Starting in the Spring 2014 the age requirement will change to 22. The term entering student includes new students to UTEP, transfer students from other colleges or universities, and returning UTEP students that have taken the most recent long semester off from college

The State of Texas passed a new law (SB 1107) effective Spring Semester 2012 that requires all new students under age 30 (starting in the Spring 2014 the new age requirement is under the age of 22) to have a vaccination against bacterial meningitis. All first-time students, transfer students, and students who have taken a leave of absence from school in either a fall or spring semester must have received this vaccination during the five-year period immediately preceding the start of classes and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester enrolled.

The following evidence must be provided to either the Graduate School (if you are a new graduate student), the Office of Admissions and Recruitment (if you are a new undergraduate student), or the Registrar’s Office (if you are a continuing student who has stopped out):

1. Certification from a physician, clinic or previous school demonstrating that the student has been vaccinated during the five-year period immediately preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class. Or,

2. A letter from a licensed medical physician signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States certifying that in the opinion of the physician the required meningococcal vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student. Or,

3. Students that because of  reasons of conscience can use the Texas Department of State Health Services  affidavit. The affidavit may be requested via the Texas Department of State Health Services website   (https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/default.aspx.) The DSHS exemption form may be ordered electronically; however it will be mailed to the address provided by the student. Please allow up to two weeks to receive the form. The form must be completed, notarized, and submitted to the designated school official at the institution the student will be attending.

4. Exception is provided to the student who is enrolled only in online or other distance education courses.

In order to avoid course enrollment delays, entering students are strongly encouraged to receive the appropriate vaccinations early.

Visit your primary care physician or one of the convenient area public health clinics as soon as possible. (Click here for City of El Paso Department of Public Health Clinic Sites)

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Immunize El Paso
222 S Campbell - 915-533-3414
1500 George Dieter Suite 102

Coleman Pharmacy
1841 North Lee Trevino - 915-594-7200

Mc Crory’s
6151 Dew Drive #100 - 915-581-9655

Various Locations throughout El Paso

Students requiring more information regarding the vaccine should consult their primary care physician and review the Vaccine Information Sheet found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening.html).

Students and/or family members with questions concerning the new State of Texas law (SB 1107) may visit the Texas Legislature Online website (http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/html/SB00062F.htm)

New Requirement for Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination: Updated October 2013  (http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=A641CD0D-E56A-A36A-1BCB39FF80781178

For more information regarding the State of Texas requirements please visit the appropriate office (Graduate School, Office of Admissions and Recruitment, or the Registrar’s Office) located in the Mike Loya Academic Services Building or call 915-747-6094 or email meningitis@utep.edu.

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