You will not be allowed to register for classes, even at Red Raider Orientation, until Student Health Services has received and processed documentation showing that you have complied with the following requirement.
The Texas legislature has changed the Meningitis Vaccination requirements for incoming students to exclude students who are 22 years old and older. All other students entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter are required to provide documentation that they have had a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine or "booster" dose during the five-year period prior to but no later than ten days before the first day of the first semester they will enter that institution. Check your shot records. You may need another shot to comply. Do not submit your documentation until you are admitted.
Former Texas Tech students under 30 years of age and not enrolled at Texas Tech in the most recent semester must provide documentation to Student Health Services that they have received a Meningitis vaccination.
Unless exempted as noted below, the following students must comply with this requirement.
Because of the severity and potential fatality of meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis), please consult a physician about the need for the vaccine before seeking this exemption.
The only acceptable documentation is an original, completed and notarized Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form. Request this form directly from TDSHS by mail or via an online request process. TDSHS will mail a hard copy of the form to you. TDSHS does not make online copies of the form available to print out, and Student Health Services is not authorized to provide electronic or hard copies.
Write your Texas Tech "R" number and the semester you are entering Texas Tech on this form (e.g. Fall 2015) before submitting it.
IMPORTANT: You must send the original, notarized form to Student Health Services. Emailed, faxed forms or photocopies are not acceptable. Initiate your request to TDSHS well before your intended registration date. It may take several weeks to receive your form during rush times.
The following timelines apply for submitting documentation proving you've had the meningococcal vaccine, that you can't take the vaccine because of medical reasons OR that you decline the vaccine because of reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.
Submit your documentation only after you have been admitted to Texas Tech. This requirement is not part of your admission process, but non-compliance will prevent you from registering for classes. Student Health Services cannot track your documentation until you have been admitted, and you will have to resubmit it if you send it in to Student Health Services before that time.
Submit your documentation to Student Health Services at least two weeks before your intended registration date, even if it is during Red Raider Orientation, to prevent registration delays.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: You can bring your documentation to Student Health Services as soon as you arrive
Fax: (806) 743-2122
Student Health Services
1003 Flint Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79409-3095
Student Wellness Center (Student Health)
1003 Flint Ave
(including those without insurance)
You can get the meningococcal vaccine at most doctors' offices and private clinics, many large pharmacy chains, and some minor emergency centers or medi-clinics. Call in advance to see whether they offer the vaccine, require an appointment, and take your insurance.
If you have Medicaid or CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Plan), please contact your established healthcare provider as your first option.
If you are uninsured or your insurance will not cover the meningococcal vaccine
Getting meningococcal vaccine at Student Health Services
Once you are admitted, you can schedule an appointment to get the meningococcal vaccine at Student Health Services by calling (806) 743-2848.
BE ADVISED: Student Health Services has a finite number of immunization appointments, and you may not be able to get the vaccine at Student Health Services if you wait until the last minute to do so. Being unable to schedule an appointment at Student Health Services (or any other facility) in time to meet registration deadlines will not be considered a valid reason for a waiver of this requirement.)