Vaccination now required
for new & transfer students
under 30 years of age...
As of Jan. 1, 2012, Texas state law
(Senate Bill 1107) requires the following:
All entering students under 30 years of age must provide documentation of receiving an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster within the last 5 years. This includes all new and transfer students, as well as former students who are re-enrolling after a break in enrollment. Students must show proof of having the vaccination at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester. This requirement does not apply to students enrolled in Spring 2012 or Summer 2012 if they remain continuously enrolled at Kilgore College (excluding summer). Students may not register until documentation of vaccination is on file.
Vaccine will be available on campus for Late Registration Aug. 21-22, 2012
Students who are on campus Aug. 21-22 for Kilgore College Fall Late Registration will be able to get the Meningitis vaccine in the KC Nurse's Office.
The campus nurse, located in Parks Fitness Center on the Kilgore campus,Â will be administering the vaccine both Late Registration days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost of the vaccine will be $135, which can be added to a student's account.
Before receiving the vaccine, students must first pay for the vaccination (or have the $135 added to their account) in the Cashier's Office located on first floor of the Devall Student Center.
The Cashier's Office will give the student a receipt which the student must take to the nurse to have the vaccine administered.
What is the deadline for receiving the vaccine?
The vaccination must have been administered within the 5-year period immediately preceding the first semester of enrollment and at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester. Students may not register until documentation of vaccination is on file.
How do I prove I have received the vaccination?
You must provide a copy of your vaccination record to the Registrar’s Office (do not submit originals). Kilgore College will not return vaccination records submitted nor provide copies for use at other schools. Records may be mailed, faxed, or delivered in person to the Registrar's Office.
Kilgore, TX 75662
Fax: (903) 983-8607
Devall Student Center--2nd floor
An acceptable record of vaccination is one of the following:
A vaccination record that includes the signature or stamp of a physician or his/her designee or public health personnel. Must include month, day, and year the vaccination was administered.
An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority.
An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.
The vaccination record must show receipt of either the meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Menomune or MPSV4) or meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra or Menveo or MCV4).
Are there exemptions from receiving the vaccine?
Yes. Students age 30 and older are exempt. A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis if the student, or a parent or guardian of a student, submits to the institution:
An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student;
Conscientious Objection form for student NOT LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING CLICK HERE (Must be 18 or older)
For new students at institutions of higher education NOT living or residing in on-campus housing, who wish to file an affidavit stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, the student may use the official Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s form, accessible from the opening page of the website at www.thecb.state.tx.us. The student must print the form, have it notarized, and file it with the institution’s Registrar’s Office or other designated department or unit.
Conscientious Objection ONLINE form for student LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING
(of if you are under 18 years of age) CLICK HERE
NOTE: If you are an adult requesting the form for yourself, complete the parent/guardian section and the child section with your information.
For new students living in on-campus housing, which includes student housing facilities located on the campus of an institution of higher education, such as dormitories, sorority and fraternity houses, privately owned residence halls, and apartments, the student must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) form. The DSHS form may be ordered electronically. It is then mailed from DSHS to the student and it may take up to two weeks to receive the form.
The DSHS form must be completed, notarized, and provided to the designated school official at the institution the student will be attending. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the DSHS form and have it notarized. Information about requesting the DSHS affidavit form is available by clicking: www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm#exclusions.
Where can I get the shot?
Vaccines are available in the Kilgore College Campus Nurse’s Office during Late Registration. To obtain the vaccination on campus, prospective students need to go to the cashier’s office, located in the Devall Student Center, to obtain a Vaccination Authorization and Verification form.
Cost of the vaccine at KC is $135. This can be paid for in person or the charges can be added to your Spring account.
Please note, prospective students must have a completed admissions application on file in order to access this service.
In addition, each county has a public health division that may be able to administer the shot. The vaccine can also be administered by a private physician’s office.
Vaccinations may also be available at retail pharmacies such as Walgreens or CVS.
The Walgreens in Kilgore is offering Bacterial Menigitis Shots, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. The Walgreens in Henderson is also offering the shot, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Walkins welcome, no appointment needed.
Cost of the shot at Walgreens is $133.99. Make sure to bring your insurance cards, because they do accept some.
Also, please make sure to call ahead of time to the location where you wish to receive the vaccine to make sure that:
1) ...they have the vaccine on hand and
2) ...you are eligible to receive the vaccine from that particular place.
County Health Departments:
Gregg County Health Dept. Services Building
405 E. Marshall Avenue, Suite 104
Longview, TX 75601
Shot Clinic Hours: 12:30 - 4 p.m.
1509 W. Loop 281
$129 (One Day Only – January 10, 2012)
511 E. Marshall Avenue
$134 Walgreens Pharmacy
330-1 N. 4th Street
Louis Morgan Drugs
110 Johnston Street
701 West Marshall, Ave.
|Marahall-Harrison County Health Dept.
1900 South Washington St.
Marshall, TX 75670
|Texas Dept. of State Health Services - Region 4/5
517 West Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702
|Rusk County Community Health Clinic
1115 Hwy. 259 South
Henderson, TX 75652
2145 US Highway 79 South
|Panola County Health Services
409 W. Cottage Road
Carthage, TX 75663
|Cherokee County Health Department
593 North Main St.
Rusk, TX 75785
|Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Center
902 West 12th St.
Texarkana, TX 75501
|Wood County Health Department
P.O. Box 1704
Quitman, TX 75783
|Paris-Lamar County Health Department
740 SW 6th St.
Paris, TX 75460
|Nacogdoches Department of Health
2027 N. Stallings, Suite B
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
More information about Bacterial Meningitis...
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord - also called the meninges. It is important that students consult a physician about the need for the immunization against bacterial meningitis to prevent the disease. More information about the causes, symptoms, types, risks and seriousness as well as ways to prevent meningococcal meningitis are available through the following links (All links open in a new window):
For even more information, visit: www.CollegeVaccineRequirements.com
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