Heading to college in Texas, maybe EPCC or UTEP? There’s more on the checklist than just textbooks and dorm supplies. One crucial item is often overlooked, yet the state mandates it: the meningitis vaccine.
What is Meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Various pathogens can cause it, but bacterial and viral causes are the most common. There’s a heightened risk of contracting meningitis among college students, especially those living in dormitories, due to close living quarters, shared items, and social behaviors.
Why is the Vaccine Mandatory in Texas? In recent years, there have been several outbreaks of meningitis in college campuses nationwide, some with fatal outcomes. Being proactive in safeguarding its students, Texas has made it a requirement for most students entering Texas colleges and universities to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.
Who Should Get the Vaccine? Any student under 22 entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas for the first time or after a break in enrollment must receive the vaccine. This applies to both full-time and part-time students.
When Should You Get Vaccinated? The vaccine must be administered at least ten days before the start of the semester. If you’ve been previously vaccinated, make sure to check the validity. The vaccine is typically valid for five years, after which a booster might be necessary.
Where Can You Get Vaccinated? Immunize El Paso is fully stocked and equipped to administer the meningitis vaccine. If you’re a soon-to-be college student or know someone who is, now is the time to act.
Protection Beyond Requirements While the vaccine is a state requirement, it’s also crucial in ensuring you remain healthy during your college years. College is a time of growth, learning, and building friendships. Don’t let illness stand in your way. Protect yourself and your community by getting vaccinated.
College life awaits, and while it’s filled with exciting challenges and experiences, health should never be compromised. Stay informed, get vaccinated, and confidently step into this new chapter.
For further details or to schedule your vaccination, contact us at Immunize El Paso.