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Student Immunization Requirements


Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine

AOMA complies with Texas Senate Bill 1107 and the subsequent Senate Bill 62, establishing the requirement for entering students to receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or to meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination.

Who does the law effect?

All entering students who are age 21 years old or younger, including those who have taken a term or more away from school, must submit valid proof of current vaccination for bacterial meningitis.

Exceptions to Law

Valid Proof of Vaccination:

Entering students are required to submit valid proof of immunization. The following are acceptable as evidence that you have received the vaccination against bacterial meningitis:

  • A document bearing the signature or stamp of the physician or his/designee, or public health personnel
  • An official immunization records generated from a state or local health authority
  • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state

Important considerations:

  • Proof of vaccination must include the month, day, and year the vaccination was administered
  • Vaccinations received more than than 5 years ago will require a booster dose
  • The vaccination must be administerd by a health practitioner authorized by law to administer an immunization

Valid proof of vaccination must be submitted to the Admissions Office at least 10 days prior to the first day of classes:

Spring 2014 term: due April 4th
Summer 2014 term: due July 11th
Fall 2014 term: due September 12th
Winter 2015 term: due December 26th

Valid Proof of Vaccination Exemption:

Students may be be exempt from the requirements of the law for reason of medical exemption or for reasons of conscience. All proof of exemption must be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than 10 days before the first day of classes.

Medical Exemption:

Proof of medical exemption must be submitted in the form of an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., stating that, in the physician’s opinion, the required vaccination for bacterial meningitis would be injurious to your health and wellbeing.

Exemption for Reason of Conscience:

Texas law allows for an exemption from immunizations for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. To claim exemption, you must:

  • Submit a request online to the Texas DSHS for an exemption affidavit form: https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/default.aspx
  • Complete & sign the affidavit form in the presence of a public notary
    • Public notary available in AOMA Registrar's Office
  • Submit signed, original affidavit form to AOMA Admissions Office (photocopies not accepted)


Exceptions to Law:

You are EXEMPT from this requirement and do not have to submit any documentation to AOMA if:

  • You are 22 years of age or older by the first day of classes (effective January 1, 2014)
  • You are enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours or community class (does not include Introduction to Chinese Medicine Series for non-degree seeking students)

Frequently Asked Questions:

For additional information about bacterial meningitis, including risk factors, transmission, and symptoms please see the following resources:

Download: Bacterial Meningitis FAQ

College Vaccine Requirements: http://collegevaccinerequirements.com/

 

Hepatitis B Acknowledgement Form

All new students, regardless of age, are required to complete a Hepatitis B Acknowledgement Form. Please note that this is not a requirement to recieve the Hepatitis B vaccination. Entering students receive the form within the new student packet materials prior to registration and must submit this form by the first day of classes.