5.12.1 Immunizations

A. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for any requirements the University establishes regarding immunizations.

B. Persons Affected

This policy applies to students, faculty and staff.

C. Definitions

N/A

D. Policy and Procedures

  1. Bacterial Meningitis: The University of Texas at Tyler (University) complies with Texas Education Code Section 51.9192, "the Jamie Schanbaum Act and Nicolis Williamson Act", which requires all entering students younger than 22 years of age upon entering Texas institutions of higher education, to show evidence of immunization for bacterial meningitis prior to attending on-campus classes. Exemptions for this requirement are as follows: 
    1. The student is 22 years of age or older.
    2. The student is enrolled in online-only programs. If the student attends any on-campus classes, they must submit proof of vaccination. 
    3. The student submits an affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice in the United States, stating, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the student's health and well-being. 
    4. The student submits a signed affidavit stating 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 must be used. 
  2. Students in Health-Related Courses: In accordance with Title 25 of the Texas Administrative Code, 97.64, the following immunizations are required for all students enrolled in health related courses which will involve direct patient contact in medical or dental care facilities or who come in contact with human or animal biological fluids or tissue. Students for whom these immunizations are not required are strongly urged to obtain these immunizations for their own protection.
    1. Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine: Students must show receipt of one dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine (Tdap). In addition, one dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine must have been received within the last ten years. Td vaccine is an acceptable substitute, if Tdap vaccine is medically contraindicated.
    2. Measles: proof of two doses of measles vaccine administered on or after the first birthday or proof of immunity.
    3. Mumps: proof of two doses of mumps vaccine administered on or after the first birthday or proof of immunity.
    4. Rubella: proof of one dose administered on or after the first birthday or proof of immunity
    5. Hepatitis B virus (HBV): proof of serologic immunity to HBV or certification of immunization with a complete series of Hepatitis B vaccine. Students will be required to present a letter or other suitable written certification.
    6. Varicella (chickenpox): proof of two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or proof of immunity
    7. Influenza: proof of influenza vaccination required every fall semester 

    Exceptions from the immunization requirement can be found in Title 25 of the Texas Administrative Code, 97.64-65. Students enrolled at University of Texas institutions will assume the full cost of the immunizations. Students may obtain information regarding the consequences of not being current on immunization for certain diseases; the age groups most vulnerable to these vaccine preventable diseases; and local providers of immunization services from the University Health Clinic.

  3. Tuberculosis (TB) Screening: The University of Texas at Tyler requires all students in health related courses requiring direct patient contact to receive TB screenings each year.  Specific requirements may be found within the student’s college of study. Additionally, all incoming international students and scholars born in a country defined as High Burden for TB by the United States CDC and all returning to campus after travelling to a country that is defined as High Burden for TB must provide documentation of a recent blood-based screen test (QuantiFERON® –TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-G) or Interferon Gamma Assay (IGRA)).  More information and required forms may be obtained through the Office of International Programs. 

E. Responsibilities

The Vice President for Student Success is responsible for this policy.

F. Review

This policy shall be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary by the following stakeholders:

Vice President for Student Success

Associate Dean of Students

Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

ORIGINALLY APPROVED:  12/01/2001
AMENDED:  04/13/2011

AMENDED:  04/2019