Bacterial meningitis vaccination

 

This page outlines all of your options to fulfill the state of Texas' requirements for meningitis vaccination. 

To fulfill the enrollment requirement students can:

  • Submit meningitis vaccination record
    or 
  • Submit qualifying reason (exemption) for not taking meningitis vaccination. 

COVID-19 Update

Because of COVID-19, the state of Texas is only requiring the following students to have the vaccination: Fall 2020 students under the age of 22 who are taking class(es) on campus. 

This means if you are taking all Fall 2020 online classes you have a little more time to get a vaccination or submit exemption documents before the Spring 2021 semester.

For questions about the requirement and submitting documentation, please read all of the information below; email vaccine@hccs.edu or use Virtual Lobby for live enrollment help through Zoom

Who Has to be Vaccinated (COVID-19 Update)

WHO IS REQUIRED TO HAVE MENINGITIS VACCINATION

The State of Texas requires that students in both of the categories listed below fulfill the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination requirement or submit a qualifying exemption. 

  • New HCC students who are under the age of 22 or former HCC students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under the age of 22.
  • Taking flex (hybrid) or lab in-person classes for Fall 2020

 DO YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE MENINGITIS VACCINATION IF CAMPUS IS CLOSED BECAUSE OF COVID-19?


Because of COVID-19, the state of Texas is only requiring the following students to have the vaccination: Fall 2020 students under the age of 22 who are taking class(es) on campus

This means if you are taking all Fall 2020 online classes you have a little more time to get vaccination or submit exemption documents before the Spring 2021 semester. 



HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE MENINGITIS VACCINATION 

Students who are required to fulfill the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination requirement or submit a qualifying exemption will have the "Meningitis" checklist on their account. 

Below are steps to check your checklist.

  1. Visit myeagle.hccs.edu.
  2. Select "Student Sign In" and login.
  3. Select "Checklist" box/tile to confirm if "Meningitis" requirement is on your Onboarding and Pre-enrollment Checklist. 

 

To learn about options to be exempt from having meningitis vaccination, please see the "Exemptions" section below. 

 

How Long Vaccinations Are Eligible

The vaccination must have been received with in the last five years and be administered at least 10 calendar days before the start date of the session in which you are enrolling, regardless of your actual first day of class.

 

How to Submit Documentation

Complete the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Verification and submit it with your documentation one of the four ways below. Documentation must be in English. Write your name, HCC Student ID, and date of birth on each page you submit. 

 

To learn about options to be exempt from having meningitis vaccination, please see the "Exemptions" section below. 

 

Where to Get Vaccinated + Free Resource Options

Below are several options to get vaccinated. 

  1. Baylor College of Medicine is offering qualifying students enrolling for Summer and Fall 2020 the option to be vaccinated FOR FREE!
    • To support our prospective students, we have secured free meningitis vaccinations by appointment basis and based on supply availability through the Baylor College of Medicine - Teen Health Clinic. For summer enrollment, students can call to schedule an appointment immediately. For students planning to enroll this Fall semester, appointments will begin in June. Click the following link for detail to register: HCC + Baylor College of Medicine Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Partnership

  2. You can get the meningococcal vaccine at most doctors' offices and private clinics, many large pharmacy chains, and some minor emergency centers or medi-clinics. Call in advance to see whether they offer the vaccine, require an appointment, and take your insurance.

  3. If you have Medicaid or CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Plan), please contact your established healthcare provider as your first option.

  4. If you are uninsured or your insurance will not cover the meningococcal vaccine:
    • If you are 18 or younger, you might qualify for the Texas Vaccines for Children Program. Call the United Way's referral helpline, by dialing 211, to find healthcare providers in your area who participate in this program.
    • Many Texas city/county health departments offer free or low-cost meningococcal vaccine as part of children and adult immunization programs. Call to confirm that they offer the meningococcal vaccine for someone your age and in your circumstances. These services are ONLY for those without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the cost of the vaccine.

 

Exemptions: Qualifying reason for not taking meningitis vaccination

You are exempt from the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination requirement for any of the following reasons. 

  • Not Taking In-person Classes for Fall 2020.  Fall 2020 students under the age of 22 who are taking class(es) on campus. This means if you are taking all Fall 2020 online classes you have a little more time to get vaccination before the Spring 2021 semester. 

  • Will be 22 years old on the first day of class (no documentation required).

  • Cannot take the vaccine for medical reasons. You must submit a Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Verification form and an affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States and in which it is stated that, in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.

  • Decline the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. You must complete an Exemption from Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements for Reasons of Conscience Form available online at https://corequestjc.dshs.texas.gov/.

  • Are a dual-credit student attending on a high school campus (no documentation required).


How to submit Exemption Documentation

Complete the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Verification and submit it with your documentation one of the four ways below. Documentation must be in English. Write your name, HCC Student ID, and date of birth on each page you submit. 

 

About Bacterial Meningitis

Meningococcal Disease (meningitis) is easily spread by direct contact, or by droplets of respiratory secretions (coughing, sneezing, kissing, and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). Bacterial meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacterium can also infect the blood. Symptoms include fever, headache, a stiff neck, and often nausea, vomiting, and mental awareness changes.

Meningitis is often lethal because people associate early symptoms with the common flu, and don’t consult a physician. However, symptoms can progress rapidly, sometimes leading to death in 24-48 hours. Following the initial symptoms, the disease can result in joint infection, pneumonia, organ system failure, and shock.

Among those who survive Meningococcal Disease, approximately 20 percent live with severe health problems and permanent disabilities, including brain damage, kidney failure, learning disabilities, hearing loss, blindness, limb damage which may require amputation, and mental retardation.

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We Are Here to Help

For questions about the requirement and submitting documentation, please email vaccine@hccs.edu or call 713-718-2000.