Meningitis Vaccine Required For TX College Students

There's a new prerequisite Texas college students need to have before they can go back to school. That's a trip to the clinic for a meningitis vaccine.

The new state law requires all college co-eds younger than 30 to provide proof they've received a meningitis vaccine before they can register for any private or public institution in Texas.

This includes:

  • A first-time student of an institution of higher education.
  • Students who transfer to the institution from another institution.
  • Sudents who are enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education after at least one full fall or spring semester break in enrollment.
It does not apply to students who are:
  • Thirty years of age or older.
  • Enrolled only in online or other distance education courses.
  • Enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or continuing education corporate training.
  • Enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus.
  • Incarcerated in a Texas prison.

The Nicolis Williams law is named after a Texas A&M University student who died in February 2011 after contracting bacterial meningitis. It expanded from the 2009 Jamie Schanbaum Act that required all students living in college dorms to be vaccinated against meningitis. Because Nicolis did not live in a college dormitory, the existing law now requires all students to be vaccinated.

Registration day at Midwestern State University is August 22nd. Vaccines are available for MSU students at the Vinson Health Center. The cost is $95.

Those needing the vaccine should call 940-397-4231 to schedule an appointment. You can head to their website for more information.

For more information about the law and its requirements, click here.