The meningitis vaccine protects against meningococcal disease. This disease is a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection that can cause meningitis, which is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Texas State Law effective January 1, 2012: Any entering student at any Texas college or university who is under 30 years old must be immunized before attending classes (and must have received the vaccine within the preceding 5 years and at least 10 days prior to the first class day) or provide exemption information. Information about the new law is available at: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/.
The SMU Student Health Center has the bacterial meningitis vaccination available.
You may also obtain a meningitis immunization at you doctor’s office, a local pharmacy which provides immunizations or the county health department.
An enrollment hold is placed on the record of every new student prior to their enrollment date at SMU. This hold will be removed when the Health History form is returned to SMU Memorial Health Center.
Students may submit a conscientious exemption form. Please follow these instructions:
New Students LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING:
New Students NOT LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING: