Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination
About SB 1107
Effective January 1, 2014, a Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination is required for all entering students under age 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.
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 the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:
- 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,
- A letter from a licensed medical physician 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,
- An official exemption affidavit issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services approving exception for reasons of conscience. The exemption affidavit may be requested via the Texas Department of State Health Services.
In order to avoid course enrollment delays, entering students are strongly encouraged to receive the appropriate vaccinations early.
Students are exempt if they are/will be older than 22 years of age on the first day they enroll or enrolled in online or distance education courses.
Students and/or family members with questions concerning the State of Texas law (SB 1107) may visit the Texas Legislature Online.
For more information regarding the State of Texas requirements please visit Office of Undergraduate Admissions, located in the Academic Services Building in Room 102, or call 915-747-5890.