Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Required - Effective January 1, 2012
The 82nd Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 1107, which requires all new TCC students under the age of 30 to submit evidence of being immunized against meningococcal meningitis.
The meningitis vaccination requirement applies to
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.
At least one of the following must be faxed, mailed or submitted to the Registrar's Office:
The information will be maintained in the Records Office in accordance with Family Education 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.
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 · 817-321-4700
Arlington Public Health Center
536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011-5738 · 817-548-3990
Northwest Public Health Center
3800 Adam Grubb Road, Lake Worth, TX 76135-3506 · 817-238-4441
Southwest Public Health Center
6551 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76133-4926 · 817-370-4530
Watauga Public Health Center
6601 Watauga Road, Suite 122, Watauga, TX 76148 · 817-514-5030
Area health care clinics and pharmacies may also offer the vaccine.
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):
Updated November 8, 2012