Bacterial Meningitis

The Texas Legislature requires all entering students, unless exempt, to show evidence of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccine or a booster dose. This must occur during the five-year period preceding, and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution.

An entering student includes a first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education and includes a transfer student, or a student who previously attended an institution of higher education before January 1, 2012, and who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester. Applicants who fail to provide evidence of vaccination will not be allowed to register for classes at Amarillo College.



  1. student is 22 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester; or
  2. student is enrolled only in online or other distance education courses; or
  3. student is enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or continuing education corporate training; or
  4. student is enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus; or
  5. student submits an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine 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; or
  6. student submits an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.  A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services may be used. 
  7. student completes and submits the following Approved Form stating that he or she declines the bacterial meningitis vaccination for reasons of conscience. Completed forms may be returned to any AskAC Counter.

Affidavit of Exemption from Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Form from the Texas Department of State Health Services


Students who have been vaccinated


Students who have been vaccinated against Bacterial Meningitis may provide shot/immunization records as evidence of vaccination.
Records must include the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • Student’s date of birth
  • Date of vaccination
  • Type of vaccination received
  • Must be able to identify who administered the vaccination

If necessary, students may provide proof of vaccination by completing and submitting the Amarillo College Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis form. The form may be downloaded by clicking on the blue tab, below.

Meningitis Form Complete

Please make sure we have all of the following on the form:

  • Student’s name
  • Student’s date of birth
  • Date of vaccination
  • Must be able to identify who administered the vaccination.

Information for students who must be vaccinated

Students who have health insurance should first contact their Primary Care Physician (PCP) to determine if the bacterial meningitis vaccine is available. If the vaccine is not available, then insured students may wish to consider providers included in the link below.

Directory Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Providers 

Students who do not have insurance or are under insured should contact the City of Amarillo Department of Public Health.  Price for vaccinations is $5 for one vaccine and $10 for two or more vaccines. Vaccines are offered at no charge for Medicaid clients. No child will be turned away for inability to pay for vaccination.