All students under age 22 entering an institution of higher education (public and private) must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination before the first day of the semester. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain the bacterial meningitis vaccination before moving to Galveston.You will be required to take the shot and provide Evidence of Vaccination before you may register for classes at your New Student Conference.
Evidence must verify that the vaccination was received at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester and must be submitted in one of the following four formats:
- A complete Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis Form. Use this form if you plan to obtain your vaccination somewhere other than your personal physician's office.
- A document bearing the signature or stamp of the physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel (must include the month, day, and year the vaccination was administered).
- An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority (must include the month, day, and year the vaccination was administered).
- An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state (must include the month, day, and year the vaccination was administered).
Evidence to Decline Vaccination must be submitted in one of the following:
- An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, 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.
- An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used and can be requested here - Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience. Please allow several weeks for delivery.
- You are strongly encouraged to obtain the bacterial meningitis vaccination before moving to Galveston.
- You will not be allowed to register for classes until you provide proof of vaccination. For freshmen and transfer students, registration is during your New Student Conference (NSC); therefore, you should provide the documentation prior to attending your New Student Conference.
- The bacterial meningitis vaccination must be administered by a Health Practitioner authorized by law to administer an immunization.
- Vaccinations older than 5 years will require a booster
- The bacterial meningitis vaccination is available at most pharmacies in the Galveston area.
- The cost of the bacterial meningitis vaccination may be cheaper in your home country or through your current physician.
- All students must receive the bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester.
The preferred method of submission is online via the Applicant Information System. It may also be submitted by mail or in person.
Mail: Enrollment Services, Texas A&M University at Galveston, P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553-1675
Hand Delivery: Enrollment Services, Admissions and Records Office, Sea Aggie Center, Bldg 3026. Texas A&M University at Galveston Mitchell Campus.