Meningitis Immunization

No one likes getting vaccinations, but being at risk for Meningococcal Meningitis is even less fun. If you are 21 or younger, you’ll need to submit written proof that you’ve received the vaccination or a booster dose within the last five years before registering for classes. It’s a state law!

Note: only the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against 4 types of meningococcus bacteria, will be accepted.

What documentation is needed to show "proof"?

The following are acceptable in showing proof of your immunization:

  • A document bearing the signature or stamp of either a physician, the physician’s designee or the public health official that administered the vaccination with the date that it was administered.
  • An official immunization record from the state or local health authority.
  • An official record received directly from a Texas school official, or a school official in another state.

All documentation must be in English and clearly identify that the vaccine was administered to the individual. Please be sure that name, birth date and doctor/clinic name are listed on EACH page of your documentation.

How can I submit these documentation?

Gather the required documentation including and as indicated on The Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Requirement Form. To prevent delays in processing paperwork and removing holds, please submit the documentation 2 weeks prior to Orientation.

Submit your immunization records to UTSA Student Health Services by one of four ways: in person, by fax, by mail or by email

  • In Person: Main Campus: Recreation Wellness Center, room 1.500
  • Mail: UTSA Student Health Services, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249
  • Fax: (210) 458-4151
  • Scan and E-mail: StudentHealthServices@utsa.edu

For records sent from a school, Please instruct your school to send the records directly to UTSA Student Health Services by any of the above methods. Under the statute, school immunization records must be emailed, mailed or faxed directly from the school to Student Health Services.

To verify that documents have been received by UTSA, Check your ASAP account to see if your hold has been removed. We will call or email you if additional information is needed. If you have not received a phone call or an email message and you still have the hold, please call (210) 458-4142.

If you need to receive immunization:
  • Consult with your Healthcare Provider
  • Contact the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District at (210) 207-8790
  • Contact the UTSA Student Health Services at (210) 458-4142
Can I be exempt?

You are automatically exempt if you are 22 years of age or older by the first day of classes.

Other ways to earn an exemption:

  • You are only enrolled in online or other distance education courses.
  • You are enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours.
  • You are unable to take the vaccine because of medical reasons. Note, you must submit letter of evidence in person or by mail from a health care provider to UTSA Student Health Services.
  • You are declining the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. In order to receive this exemption, a students must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) affidavit form. The TDSHS affidavit form must be completely filled out, signed in the correct areas, and notarized and sent to Student Health Services within 90 days from the date it was notarized. It is the student’s responsibility to complete this form and have it notarized. Only the original form will be accepted.

Questions? Contact the following office:

Student Health Services

Email: StudentHealthServices@utsa.edu
Call:210-458-4142
Web: utsa.edu/health
Social: @UTSAhealth

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