Required Meningitis Vaccination
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement
Under the requirements of a new
law recently enacted by the Texas State Legislature, students who are under 30
years of age and entering higher education in the spring of 2012 (and any
semesters following) must demonstrate proof of vaccination against bacterial
An entering student is defined
as a student new to higher education. Transfer and transient students from
another college, or a student who has not been enrolled one fall or spring
semester and is returning to WCJC, are also subject to this requirement. It is
important to consult a physician about the need for the immunization against
bacterial meningitis to prevent the disease.
Not all students are required to
show proof of the vaccination. Please read further for details about exemptions
and how to opt out of showing proof of the vaccination.
Students may elect not to
take the vaccination by filing a Medical Exemption Affidavit or Certificate or
a THECB Exemption from Immunizations for Bacterial Meningitis for Reasons of Conscience Form.
Evidence of vaccination should
be submitted to the WCJC Office of Admissions and Registration. Vaccinations (or
boosters) must have been received within the past five (5) years and no later
than 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester in which the student
initially enrolls. A WCJC Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Record Form must be
completed and submitted along with vaccination records or a Medical Exemption
Affidavit of Certificate or a THECB Exemption from Immunizations for Bacterial Meningitis for Reasons of Conscience Form.
For further information, or to
ask any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Registration at:
800-561-WCJC (9252), ext. 6303
or (979) 532-6303.
Wharton County Junior College students who are currently enrolled and planning
on returning for their next consecutive semester will NOT be required to submit
proof of vaccination.
Exemptions allowed by law are:
Students 30 years of age or
older by the first day of the semester
Students enrolled only in online
courses or other distance education programs
Students enrolled in dual credit
classes on a high school campus
Students enrolled in adult basic
education (ABE) courses
Students enrolled in continuing
education or corporate study courses
Students enrolled in programs of
less than 360 contact hours
Students incarcerated in a Texas
Evidence of Vaccination
Evidence of vaccination must:
1. Be submitted along with a
WCJC Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Record Form, which can be found on the college website (wcjc.edu), under
the Office of Admissions and Registration, or on page 4 of this document.
2. Include month, day and year
of vaccination and verify that vaccinations (or boosters) were received at least
10 days prior to the first day of the semester and within the past 5 years.
3. Include one of the
• A completed
WCJC Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Record Form
bearing the signature or stamp of a physician
or his/her designee.
• An official
immunization record generated from a state or local health authority.
• An official record
received from school officials, including a record from another state.
Evidence to Decline Vaccination
A student, or a parent or
guardian of a student, is not required to submit evidence of receiving a
vaccination against bacterial meningitis if the student, or a parent or guardian
of a student, submits evidence to decline the vaccination to the institution.
Evidence to decline the
vaccination can be either:
Affidavit or Certificate signed by a physician who is licensed to practice
medicine in the U.S. in which it states that in the physician’s opinion it would
be injurious to the health and well-being of the student to receive the required
2. Conscientious Objection form for student NOT LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING
For new students (age 18 years or older)
at institutions of higher education and NOT living or residing in on-campus
housing, who wish to file an affidavit stating that the student declines the
vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, the student may
use the official Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's form, accessible
from the website at the following link:
The student must print the form, have it notarized, and file it with the Office of Admissions and Registration
All students need to consult with a
physician about the need for immunization to prevent this disease.
About the Disease
Bacterial meningitis is a
serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast. It is
easily spread by direct contact, or by droplets of respiratory secretions
(coughing, sneezing, kissing and mouth to mouth resuscitation.) It is an
inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The
bacteria that cause meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes
about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading
to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. There is a treatment, but
those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities. Bacterial
meningitis symptoms are often confused with the common flu. However, the
symptoms can progress rapidly and lead to long-term severe health problems or
For more information see the
The Center for Disease Control
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Information Sheet on Bacterial
How to Submit
Evidence of Vaccination or
Evidence to Decline Vaccination should be submitted to the Office of Admissions
and Registration before the first day of the semester. All documents should be
mailed, faxed, emailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Admissions and
Registration. If hand-delivering, please deliver the documents to the
registration area on the campus you will be attending.
Office of Admissions and
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Hwy
Wharton, TX 77488
Sugar Land campus
Administration Building, Rm
Brazos Hall, Rm 108
14004 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
|| Bay City campus
Fort Bend Technical Center, Rm TC-130
5333 FM 1640
Richmond, TX 77469
4000 Ave. F
Bay City, TX 77414
vaccinations may be available through your personal physician or at the local
facilities listed below. Please call all pharmacies and facilities in advance to
schedule an appointment to verify the availability of the vaccine.
Fort Bend County Health and
Human Services 281-238-3233
Matagorda Episcopal Health
Outreach Program 979-245-2008
HEB in Wharton 979-282-2773
Walgreens locations in Fort Bend
County (services not available at Wharton County locations)
The IMUnization Clinic/Southwest
IMU Clinic 281-313-7468
Contact the Office of Admissions and Registration at (979) 532-6303
Make a copy of your immunization
documentation for your records. WCJC does not provide copies of immunization
Visit www.legis.state.tx.us to
learn more information on Texas State Senate Bill (SB) 4189.