FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 24, 2011)
For the first time, a new state law requires Tarrant County College students who are under the age of 30 and meet certain other criteria to show proof of current meningococcal meningitis vaccination before registering for spring 2012 classes.
Students enrolling in credit or noncredit classes for the first time and those who have had a break in TCC enrollment of at least one fall or spring term must comply with requirements set by Senate Bill 1107. The bill, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature earlier this year, expands the vaccination requirement to public and private colleges and universities regardless of whether the student resides in campus housing or off-campus.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, also called meninges.
The vaccination must have been administered within the five-year period immediately preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first semester enrolled or re-enrolled. The record must be provided to the TCC Registrar. Records may be submitted in person, faxed or mailed.
Additional information is available at www.tccd.edu/MCV4.
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