Immunization Requirements

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

All new students, including transfer students, must show evidence of receipt of initial bacterial meningitis vaccination (meningococcal meningitis vaccine) dose or booster in the last five years and at least ten days prior to the first day of the semester in which the student initially enrolls. This law also applies to any student returning to school after a break in enrollment for a fall or spring semester.

Immunizations are available from the UNT Student Health and Wellness Center, a personal physician, or a local Health Department. 

View and download the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization form to attach with acceptable evidence of vaccination or have clinic staff complete the form at the time of vaccination.

The following is acceptable evidence of vaccination or receiving a booster dose:

  • The signature or stamp of a physician or their designee, or public health person on a form that shows the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered.
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority
  • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Exemptions

Students are not required to submit evidence of vaccination if they are twenty-two years of age or older or enrolled for online courses only.  Students who plan to enroll exclusively in online courses should complete the Meningitis Online Class Petition and submit it to the UNT Registrar's Office. If a student who has previously enrolled for online-only courses subsequently enrolls for and attends any class or portion of a class on campus, they must submit evidence of vaccination as above. More information about bacterial meningitis is available at the meningitis page.  For any questions regarding the Meningitis Vaccine please refer to the Meningitis FAQ.

Students, parents, and guardians have the right to seek an exemption to this requirement. The exemption will only be permitted based on evidence that the bacterial meningitis vaccine would be injurious to a student's health and well-being according to the professional opinion of a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, or if the student has refused the vaccination based on a conscientious objection, including religion. Please see the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Medical Exemption Affidavit. Exemptions from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience can only be requested through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

  • Affidavit forms for exceptions to vaccination for reasons of conscience, such as religious or philosophical belief can only be issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
  • The exception form from DSHS must be signed and notarized no more than 90 days prior to the first day of classes to be valid.
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Bacterial Meningitis Requirement Deadlines

New students, returning students, and continuing students not enrolled for Spring 2021 and who are under 22 years of age as of the first class day for the session or term they wish to enroll, should provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or exemption no later than 5:00 PM on August 20, 2021, the last day of regular registration. Students will be allowed to enroll prior to submitting the documents. However, classes will be canceled after 5:00 PM on the last day of regular registration for any student who has not submitted the proper documentation.  Students who receive a vaccination after the deadline must submit a request for extension with documentation of immunization to be considered for enrollment.  A student will be allowed to enroll late only if the proper immunization form is filed with the appropriate UNT Department (see Submitting Documentation below).

Summer  2021

The last day to receive to submit a meningitis immunization record and enroll in classes without requesting an extension is May 28, 2021, for Summer Sessions: 5Week1, 10Week1, 8Week2, and July 2, 2201, for 5W2.

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Submitting Bacterial Meningitis Documentation

Immunization documentation may be submitted to UNT electronically, through the U.S. Postal Service, or delivered by hand to the following offices:

New Undergrad & Transfer Students International Students New-Former Grad Students Returning Undergraduates

Office of Admissions

1155 Union Circle #311277

Denton, TX 76203

unt.immrec@unt.edu

Phone: 940-565-2681

Office of Admissions

1155 Union Circle #311277

Denton, TX 76203

unt.immrec@unt.edu

Phone: 940-565-2681

Office of Admissions

1155 Union Circle #311277

Denton, TX 76203

unt.immrec@unt.edu

Phone: 940-565-2681

Registrar's Office

1st floor Eagle Student Services Center

1155 Union Circle #311400

Denton, TX 76203

registrar@unt.edu

Fax: 940-565-4463

Phone: 940-565-2378

 

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Bacterial Meningitis Requirements for Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) Students

All new IELI students, including transfer students, must show evidence of receipt of initial bacterial meningitis vaccination (meningococcal meningitis vaccine) dose or booster in the last five years and at least ten days prior to the first day of the term in which the student initially enrolls. This also applies to any IELI student returning to UNT after a break in enrollment for a fall or spring semester. This requirement does not apply to any student who will be twenty-two years of age or older on or prior to the first day of classes for the term in which they initially enroll.

View and download the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization form to attach with acceptable evidence of vaccination or have clinic staff complete the form at the time of vaccination.

Requirement Deadlines for IELI Students

If you were attending IELI classes at UNT during Fall I and/or Fall II 2021 sessions, proof of immunization against bacterial meningitis is required.  

Students who receive vaccination after the deadline must submit a request for an extension.

Fall 2021: The last day to receive the immunization and enroll in classes without requesting an extension is August 19, 2021. 

Fall 2021: The last day to receive the immunization and enroll in classes without requesting an extension is October 13, 2021. 

Immunization documentation for IELI students may be submitted to UNT electronically, through the U.S. Postal Service, or delivered by hand to:

Office of Admissions

1155 Union Circle #311277

Denton, TX 76203

unt.immrec@unt.edu

Phone: 940-565-2681

For any questions regarding the Meningitis Vaccine: Meningitis FAQ

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Other Recommended Vaccinations

Even though the bacterial meningitis vaccination is the only required immunization, the University of North Texas Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) recommends that all students have current immunizations for COVID-19, tetanus, measles, mumps, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pertussis, polio, rubella, and varicella.

For questions, please email shwc-immz@unt.edu.

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Tuberculosis Screening Requirement for High-Risk Students

The University requires all incoming International and Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) students who were previously diagnosed or treated for TB or are considered to be at high risk for tubercular disease, as defined by the World Health Organization or United States of America Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to be screened for tuberculosis (TB). High-risk students must be screened and/or tested for TB within a 3-week window after the 12th class day of their first term of study on the UNT campus. 

TB is an infectious disease that usually occurs in the lungs. It is found in many countries around the world. TB can be either active, with obvious symptoms, or latent, with no obvious symptoms. Latent TB cannot be passed to other people, but it can turn into active TB. Thus, both active and latent TB must be treated, and both can be treated effectively when found early. Persons are only infectious when they have active TB. 

Students may either be tested at the SHWC or provide documentation to Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) verifying that they were tested for TB on a previous date and report the results of his or her TB test using the Tuberculosis Screening Record for Outside Providers form. The documentation must be validated with the signature and stamp/seal of a physician or authorized official and provide clear documentation of the date given and date read.

Documentation for the TB test will be accepted if TB testing was done no more than six (6) months prior to the first day of the student's first term of study at the University and done in the United States.

Any high-risk student who fails to meet TB requirements will have a registration block placed on their account by the Division of International Affairs. 

Required Steps:

• Complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Form on the online patient portal at myosh.unt.edu within a 3-week window after the 12th class day of your first term at UNT/IELI. If you need help, go to the IELI main office, the IELI Student Counselor, IELI Lab, or the International Student Welcome Center.

• A nurse will review your form and contact you if further testing is needed. Appointments for TB screening are available Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM. Students will be required to complete additional steps if a test is positive or unclear.

• Once the screening process is complete, the Health Center will remove the TB block from your student account.

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