Meningitis Vaccinations

All students under the age of 22 must submit evidence of being immunized against meningococcal meningitis.

The vaccine must have been taken within the past five years and at least 10 days before the start of class.

Requirements

The meningitis vaccination requirement applies to:

  • All first-time freshmen
  • All new transfer students

Locations

Click here to see a list of vaccination locations.

Deadlines

At least one of the following must be faxed, mailed or submitted to the Registrar's Office:

  1. Certification from a physician or clinic that the student has been vaccinated within the last five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class
  2. An immunization record from a state or local health authority or an official record received from school officials (must be within five years)

The information will be maintained in the Office of Admissions and Records in accordance with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations and the Health and Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Note: Students who fail to submit required meningitis vaccination documents will be restricted from registering for classes.

Extensions

Under justifiable circumstances, the registrar may grant an individual student an extension to extend the compliance date to no more than 10 days after the first day of the semester.

Limited Exceptions/Exemptions

The following students are not required to submit record of vaccination:

  • Students who are 22 years old or older
  • Students with a signed affidavit or certificate from a physician that states the vaccination would be injurious to the health of the student
  • Students who sign an affidavit stating that the student declines the meningitis vaccine for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. One of the following forms must be used:

More Information About Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningitis, also called the meninges, is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. More information about the disease's causes, symptoms, types, risks and seriousness, as well as ways to prevent it, is available through the following links. (All links open in a new window.)