On July 22, 2016, the Texas Department of State Health Services, in accordance with Texas Administrative Code, Title 25 Health Services, §§97.61-97.72 released the 2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12. The requirement now specifies that one dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine is required on or after the student’s 11th birthday.
Acceptable quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines are:
Recently, a new vaccine (Men B) has been developed to cover meningococcal diseases caused by serogroup B. We encourage that you speak with your child's pediatrician for more information and to determine if MenB is recommended. There are two brand names of the Men B vaccine which are: Bexero and Trumenba. Please note, receiving this vaccine does NOT meet the state requirement.
Passage of Senate Bill (SB) 1107, 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, requires all entering students at Texas institutions of higher education to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis within the last five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
You must submit evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis to your enrolling college or meet certain criteria for declining the vaccine. Contact your Admissions Office for more details and instructions.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a booster dose of meningococcal vaccine for those 16-18 years of age. If all college-bound students receive the recommended booster dose, they will meet the requirements of SB 1107.
Students under 19 years of age may be eligible for a low-cost vaccine through the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC). Parents should contact their child’s doctor for more information about the TVFC program. Children are usually eligible for TVFC if they are:
- Enrolled in Medicaid
- Enrolled in CHIP
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Underinsured children - A child whose health insurance does not cover vaccines; a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (TVFCeligible for non-covered vaccines only); or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount.
You can go to the CDC website for more information about bacterial meningitis.