Meningitis Vaccination & Tuberculosis Test
All new students under the age of 22 are required by Texas state law to obtain a bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days before the first day of the semester in which they will enroll.
The date of the vaccination must be at least 10 days before the first day of class, to allow time for vaccination to take effect. Vaccination records must be in English. Proof of the vaccination must include the physician or health care professional’s signature, the date the vaccination was administered, the medical facility’s stamp and seal, and contact information. The average cost of the vaccination against the bacterial meningitis is about $140.
You must provide proof of meningitis vaccine if:
- You are enrolling for the first time at DCCCD
- You are returning after a semester break in enrollment
Exceptions and Exemptions
You are not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis, if:
- You are 22 years of age or older by the first day of the semester in which you enroll; or
- You claim a bacterial meningitis vaccine exemption due to health reasons. You must submit an exemption signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, stating, in the physician’s opinion, that the vaccination would be injurious to your health and well-being; or
- You declare an exemption from the Texas immunization requirement for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. You must fill out, print and submit the conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
For more information about the meningitis vaccination requirement and exemptions, visit: www.dcccd.edu/meningitis.
All applicants must complete and submit the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Form; however, the proof of meningitis vaccination may be submitted upon your arrival to the United States.
This form is a required part of the application packet. Click here to print the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Form.
International students must provide official written medical proof of freedom from tuberculosis through either a negative Mantoux tuberculin skin test or results of a chest X-ray that was given in the United States within the last year.
Out-of-country students must undergo testing for freedom from tuberculosis upon arrival in the United States before registration in classes is allowed. Tuberculosis testing done in countries other than the United States will not be accepted. International transfer applicants must provide official written medical proof of freedom from tuberculosis, through either a negative Mantoux tuberculin skin test or chest X-ray that was given inside the United States within the last one (1) year. The Health Center of Richland College provides free tuberculin skin test.
The DCCCD does recommend that all prospective students have adequate immunizations for diphtheria; rubeola, rubella, mumps; tetanus and poliomyelitis (see Texas Department of Health’s Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule)
Please complete and submit the form: Tuberculosis Test Requirement Form