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Law Mandates Meningitis Shot for New, Former Students Under 30

Aug 9th, 2011 | By mreyes | Category: Admissions and Records, Facstaff Feature

Starting for the spring semester, new ACC students and returning former ACC students wishing to register for classes must first show proof of meningitis immunization.

A new Texas law mandates bacterial meningitis vaccinations for new college students who are under age 30. The immunization must be administered at least 10 days before the start of the teaching session and must be within the last five years.

The law applies to credit students entering college as of Jan. 1, 2012. Currently enrolled students are exempt from the law unless they leave for a fall or spring semester.

Students who do not wish to be vaccinated can request an exemption from the state. The process must be completed before they can register for classes.

In preparation for the rule, the college is revising the admissions and registration process to include the requirement. We also have developed an immunization information webpage. This will help people understand the new requirement and find out where to get the vaccination.

See the immunization information webpage.

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