Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

Do I need to show proof of meningitis vaccination to register?

By law in Texas (Texas Education Code, § 51.9192, Subchapter Z), all students under the age of 22 attending classes at Texas institutions of higher education must present proof of immunization for bacterial meningitis or present the appropriate exemption.

Please see the DCCCD Catalog for more information about the state of Texas’ requirements, deadlines, exceptions and exemptions, plus links to related forms.

What are my options?

Students have three options regarding meningitis vaccination records:

  1. You can submit proof of vaccination through the Med+Proctor portal. It’s easy! 

    1. Register: Go to medproctor.com and click “register” to create a new account. Enter your email address and follow the directions to get started.
    2. Download: Fill out any required personal, medical or insurance information. Download the required forms and follow the directions provided.
    3. Upload: Log back in to your Med+Proctor account and upload a copy of your forms. Make sure your forms are complete and legible. You will receive an email confirmation once the forms have been reviewed.

    Need help? Visit the Med+Proctor Student Help Page or the Med+Proctor student Frequently Asked Questions.

  2. If you do not want to receive a meningitis vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious reasons, you may download an Exemption from Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements for Reasons of Conscience form (also known as the Conscientious Objector form) from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Submit the original, signed form to Med+Proctor or to your college’s Admissions/Registrar’s Office. Photocopies will not be accepted.
  3. You may decide to complete all your coursework online; however, you will not be able to complete exams or other class projects on campus if your professor requires it. For this option, you must submit a 100% Distance Education Affidavit form.

Important: To enroll for the first time — at some colleges this includes signing up for orientation — you must first complete one of the three options listed above.

Additional exceptions and exemptions are covered in the official DCCCD Catalog.

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is also referred to as spinal meningitis.

How do I find out more information?

More information about the causes, symptoms, types, risks and seriousness, as well as ways to prevent bacterial meningitis are available at the following websites:

View location information and find out where you can get a meningitis vaccine.