Health Requirements for New Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to HBU! We look forward to having you here and seeing you take part in the great experiences we offer.

The Texas state legislature has enacted a law that states on January 1, 2012, all new students who are under the age of 22 must show proof of meningococcal vaccination within the last 5 years.

The law defines a “new student” as:

  1. New Student - A first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education and includes a student who transfers to the institution from another institution;
  2. A student who previously attended an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education before January 1, 2012 and who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.

Students are required to complete the Meningitis Vaccine form, including the month, date, and year of meningitis vaccination, and return to Houston Baptist University after they have been accepted as a student. Accompanying documentation, showing the signature of a physician, other healthcare worker, or public health official must be included with the completed form. Students will not be able to register for, nor attend, classes until this form and accompanying documentation has been received. Students must also have had the vaccine ten days before classes begin. If not, students will not be allowed to enter class until ten days have passed since their vaccine.

Students may waive the requirement by two ways:

  1. An affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice in the United States, stating that in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student;
  2. An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used. This form may be requested by going to https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/default.aspx
 
Where can I get vaccinated?

If you have not been vaccinated within the past 5 years, you may be able to receive a Bacterial Meningitis vaccine from the following:
  • your health care provider
  • a local health clinic in your neighborhood or
  • your local pharmacy

The following public clinics provide the Bacterial Meningitis vaccine (some may offer a discounted rate):

Emmaus Healthcare 7048 Bissonnet Street, Houston 77074 832-962-8721
Personal Lab Services 7447 Harwin Drive, Suite 102, Houston 77036 713-980-0064
Harris County Health Centers Various locations