Bacterial Meningitis

Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis

Beginning January 2012, all first-time students and students that have not attended Victoria College during the 2011 Fall semester will be required to have the bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days prior to the first day of the semester. Students will not be able to register until proof of vaccination is on file in the Office of Admissions & Records. The following is acceptable evidence of vaccination or receiving a booster dose:

  • The signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee, or public health personnel on a form which shows the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered;
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority; or
  • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state

Exceptions:

  1. The student is 22 years of age or older.
  2. The student is enrolled only in online courses and is not required to attend any course meetings, including final exams, on campus
  3. The student is enrolled in a continuing education courseor program that is less than 360 contact hours
  4. The student is enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education campus
  5. The student is incarcerated in a Texas prison. 
  6. The student has a signed certificate or affidavit from a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student
  7. An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief    
    Texas Department of State Health Services Exemption

Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast – so take utmost caution. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that causes meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. There is a treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities.

Learn more about Bacterial Meningitis.

 

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