College now offers on-campus meningitis vaccination
PASADENA, Texas — To assist with the implementation of Texas Senate Bill 1107, San Jacinto College (SJC) is now offering on-campus vaccinations for bacterial meningitis during new student orientation sessions, which are being held at all three campuses during December and January.
The new state law requires all incoming, new college students to receive a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012. The new law was passed after a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found college-age individuals between 17 and 21 are particularly vulnerable to the disease. The meningitis vaccine is required for all new students to SJC for the Spring 2012 term. Transfer students are considered new students.
Under the law, a student, or parent or guardian, must show evidence of receipt of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster during the five-year period preceding, and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution, or following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester at the same or another institution.
SJC’s meningitis website, www.sanjac.edu/meningitis
, is regularly updated with important information, and the site includes a link with details about the dates, times, and locations of on-campus meningitis vaccinations, as well as how much vaccinations cost.
People who are exempt from the new meningitis vaccination law include students who are 30 years of age or older; students who are enrolled exclusively in online or other distance education courses; students who present an affidavit signed by a licensed physician stating that the vaccination would be injurious to the health of the student; and students who present a conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State and Health Services stating the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. The new law does not apply to most students who will take SJC Continuing and Professional Development classes. For details, please visit cpd.sanjac.edu online.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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