Monday, December 15, 2014

Meningitis Vaccination Requirements

Beginning on January 1, 2012, all entering students are required to show evidence of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccine or a booster dose 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. In an effort to assist our students, Spring Branch ISD is hosting vaccination clinics using the school day for juniors and seniors.

What is bacterial meningitis?
Bacterial meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness can progress rapidly and cause death or permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, or loss of limbs. Studies suggest that college students have a slightly higher risk of contracting the illness because they live and work in close proximity. More information is available online at

Where can you get the meningitis vaccine? 
Spring Branch ISD will be providing an opportunity for juniors and seniors (18 and under) who have not received their meningitis vaccination during the school day on February 19 and February 26 at Spring Woods High School and Northbrook High School.   If the clinic is not on your campus, bus transportation will be provided.


February 19
9am -12pm
Northbrook HS
(designated for Memorial HS and Academy of Choice students, also)

February 26
9am - 12pm
Spring Woods HS
(designated for Stratford HS and Westchester Academy students, also)

What does it cost?
It is FREE for children 18 or under who are not insured or whose insurance does not cover 100% of the cost.

What will students and parents need to do? 
Complete packet (below) giving permission for their child to get the vaccine and be bussed to the closest location if not at their child’s high school.  Turn in the packet to their child’s nurse by:  TBA.

What entities are involved? 
  • Each campus nurse will be responsible for passing out and making sure that the appropriate paperwork is completed correctly.  (He/she might also partner up with you to promote the initiative.) 
  • The To and Through team will be responsible for securing and scheduling transportation.
  • Principals will also be asked to assist in providing orange juice and donuts for all students that receive the vaccination that day.
Download Meningitis Vaccination Packet with Forms (English/Spanish) >>


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