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If a student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent must present a certificate signed by a U.S. licensed physician that states that, in the doctor’s opinion, the immunization required would be harmful to the health and well-being of the student or any member of the student’s family or household. This certificate must be renewed yearly unless the physician specifies a life-long contradiction.
If a student’s religious or conscience beliefs conflict with the requirement that the student be immunized, the student must present an official Department of State Health Services affidavit that is completed in entirety with valid notarization. The original exemption affidavit will be kept in the student’s file and must be renewed every two years from notarized date.
Meningococcal (Menactra, Menomune, Menveo)
Protection from Meningococcal Meningitis
Meningococcal meningitis, a form of meningococcal disease, is a serious bacterial infection. Unlike viral meningitis, it can potentially kill or disable an otherwise healthy young person within 1 day after the first symptoms appear. Even people who are usually healthy can get meningitis. However, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that the risk of getting meningitis increases in teens and young adults. For more information about meningococcal meningitis visit www.voicesofmeningitis.com.
Students in grades 7-12 are required to receive vaccination against this form of bacterial meningitis in order to attend school. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a booster dose of the vaccine for 16 – 18 year olds who received the vaccine between 11 and 15 years of age, since studies have shown that protective immunity to the disease declines after a 5-year period.
In response to outbreaks of meningitis at Texas universities, which resulted in the death or near-death of students, the Texas Legislature passed SB 62 which requires college students to provide proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis within the past 5 years. This law expands on a previous law which required only those students living on-campus to receive the vaccine. For more information about meningococcal vaccine college requirements visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/college-requirements.aspx.
Vaccine Information Sheets
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