Effective Jan. 1, 2014, state law (Senate Bill 62) requires that students up to age 21 entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas provide proof of immunization for bacterial meningitis. The vaccination or booster dose must have been received during the five years prior to enrollment and at least ten days before the start of classes. Students who have been previously enrolled at Texas State, and are enrolling following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester will be subject to the vaccination requirement. Students transferring from another institution of higher education will also be subject to the vaccination requirement. Texas State requires you to meet this requirement before you will be allowed to register for classes.
Do not submit your vaccination proof to Undergraduate Admissions, or the Student Health Center.
Texas State uses Magnus Health SMR for managing compliance with the meningitis vaccination requirement. New students (including those following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester) planning to enroll at Texas State must submit proof of meningitis vaccination directly to Magnus Health SMR. Students subject to the bacterial meningitis requirement will receive an e-mail from Magnus Health SMR with instructions. Students will be charged $10 by Magnus Health SMR for processing the documents and verifying compliance with the vaccination requirement. Acceptable evidence of vaccination may include any of the following:
Magnus is not able to accept documents two terms or more ahead of the term you are enrolling in. Please wait until the following dates to submit your document online:
For Fall Enrollments: March 25
For Spring Enrollments: August 15
For Summer Enrollments: November 1
For step-by-step instructions of submitting proof of vaccination through Magnus SMR, please click here.
Students are encouraged to receive the meningitis vaccination because of the higher prevalence of this serious infection in adolescents and young adults. However, a student or the parent or guardian of a student may decline the meningitis vaccination for medical reasons, or for reasons of conscience.
Do not submit any exemption document to Undergraduate Admissions, or the Student Health Center.
Texas State uses Magnus Health SMR for managing compliance with the meningitis requirement. Students subject to the bacterial meningitis requirement will receive an e-mail from Magnus Health SMR with instructions. Students will be charged $10 by Magnus Health SMR for processing all exemption documents and verifying compliance with the requirement.
An exemption to the vaccination requirement may be requested by providing one of the following documents:
For step-by-step instructions for paying the processing fee for all exemptions and submitting a medical exemption through Magnus SMR, please click here.
A student is not required to submit evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis if they are:
Approved Meningococcal vaccines protect against four of the strains of meningococci that cause disease (A, C, Y and W-135). The vaccines are very effective and safe, but do not cover 100% of the strains that can cause meningococcal disease. Approved Meningococcal vaccines available in the United States include:
Preferred vaccine for young adults and persons up to 55 years of age
Recommended vaccine for persons > 55 years of age
Persons vaccinated with any of the above meningococcal vaccines more than five years prior to enrolling as a new student at Texas State must receive a booster dose of either Menactra or Menveo. Studies have shown that protection from the vaccines diminishes significantly after five years.
Students from other countries who can’t get one of the two brands above should confirm with their doctor that their vaccine is equivalent, or protects against the A, C, Y and W-135 strains of the disease.