Meningitis Vaccinations - MCV4

Requirements

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)

Deadlines

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:

  1. 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.
  2. An immunization record from a state or local health authority or an official record received from school officials (must be within 5 yrs).
  3. 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.

Extensions

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.

Limited Exceptions/Exemptions

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.
  • 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 · 817-321-4700

Arlington Public Health Center 
536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011-5738 · 817-548-3990

Bagsby-Williams Public Health Center 
3212 Miller Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76119-1948 · 817-531-6738

La Gran Plaza Mall Public Health Center 
4200 S. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76115-1400 · 817-920-5752

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.

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):

 

 

Updated March 21, 2014

 

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