Meningitis Vaccinations - MCV4
The Texas Senate Bill 1107, as amended by Senate Bill 62, requires all new TCC students who are under the age of 22 and who enroll after January 1, 2014, to submit evidence of being immunized against meningococcal meningitis.
The meningitis vaccination requirement applies to:
- All first-time freshmen
- All new transfer students
- All returning TCC students who have experienced a break in TCC enrollment of at least one fall or spring term
- New and returning continuing education students enrolled in programs that have at least 360 contact hours(PDF will open in a new window)
An MV record administered within the five-year period immediately preceding and at
least 10 days prior to the first semester enrolled or re-enrolled must be submitted
to TCC's Registrar Office. Required MV Documentation is listed below.
- Certification from a physician or clinic 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.
- An immunization record from a state or local health authority or an official record received from school officials (must be within 5 yrs).
- A completed, signed and dated copy of TCC's Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Verification Form(PDF will open in a new window).
The information will be maintained in the Records Office in accordance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations and the Health and Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Note: Students who fail to submit required MV documents will be restricted from registering for classes.
Under justifiable circumstances, the Registrar may grant an individual student an extension to extend the compliance date to no more than 10 days after the first day of the semester.
The following students are not required to submit an MV:
- Students 22 years old and older.
- Students taking only Distance Learning (DL) courses. TCC's WebAdvisor registration system will electronically exempt the MV requirement and allow enrollment in DL courses.
- Continuing education students enrolled in a course or program that is less than 360 contact hours or in continuing education corporate training.
- Students enrolled in a dual credit course that is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a TCC campus.
- Students with a signed affidavit or certificate from a physician that states the vaccination would be injurious to the health of the student. TCC's Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Exemption Form(PDF will open in a new window) may be attached to this document.
- Students who sign an affidavit stating that the student declines the MV for reasons
of conscience, including a religious belief. Complete Reasons of Conscience requirements
can be found online at the State Health Services website.
- Students must submit the Exemption from Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements for Reasons of Conscience form from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- TCC students incarcerated in a Texas prison.
Vaccination Location Options
Primary care physicians normally offer the meningitis vaccine. The price of the vaccine depends on your insurance coverage and your physician's practice. Some insurance plans require a co-payment for preventative vaccinations; others may cover the full cost.
The Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPHD) also offer meningitis vaccinations for patients when their supplies allow. Before you go, please contact the Tarrant County Health Centers for information about the availability and cost of their vaccines.
Administration Office: Tarrant County Public Health
1101 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104 Î‡ 817-321-4700
Arlington Public Health Center
536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011-5738 Î‡ 817-548-3990
Northwest Public Health Center
3800 Adam Grubb Road, Lake Worth, TX 76135-3506 Î‡ 817-238-4441
Southwest Public Health Center
6551 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76133-4926 Î‡ 817-370-4530
Watauga Public Health Center
6601 Watauga Road, Suite 122, Watauga, TX 76148 Î‡ 817-514-5030
Area health care clinics and pharmacies may also offer the vaccine.
More Information About Meningococcal Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord - also called the meninges. More information about the causes, symptoms, types, risks, and seriousness as well as ways to prevent meningococcal meningitis are available through the following links (All links will open in a new window):
- Bacterial Meningitis Fact Sheet from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
- Meningococcal Vaccines Flyer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Tarrant County Health Department
- Texas Department of State Health Services College Vaccine Requirements
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- TCC Health Services
- TCC Registrar Offices
Updated August 31, 2015