Students who are not enrolled for one fall or spring semester may be required to resubmit proof of vaccination.
- Students 22 years of age or older
- Students taking online courses only
- Dual credit students unless the course is taught on the Galveston College campus
- Students who have a signed affidavit from the physician stating the vaccination is injurious to the health of the student
- Students with a signed affidavit declining the vaccination for reasons of conscience
Acceptable Proof of Vaccination
- Name of facility administering vaccination
- Name and signature of doctor/medical personnel administering vaccination
- Name of vaccine administered to student
- Date of vaccine administration
Students with questions concerning Bacterial Meningitis should contact the Admissions and Records Office at 409-944-1230.
What is Bacterial Meningitis?
What are the Symptoms?
- High fever
- Rash or purple patches on skin
- Light sensitivity
- Confusion and sleepiness
- Severe headache
- Stiff neck
There may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots caused by bleeding under the skin. These can occur anywhere on the body. The more symptoms, the higher the risk – so, when these symptoms appear, seek immediate medical attention.
How is Bacterial Meningitis Diagnosed?
Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the likelihood of recovery.
How is the Disease Transmitted?
How do you Increase Your Risk of Getting Bacterial Meningitis?
- Exposure to saliva by sharing cigarettes, water bottles, eating utensils, food, kissing, etc.
- Living in close conditions (such as sharing a room/suite in a dorm or group home).
What are the Possible Consequences of the Disease?
- Death (in 8 to 24 hours – from perfectly well to dead)
- Permanent brain damage
- Kidney failure
- Learning disability
- Hearing loss, blindness
- Limb damage (fingers, toes, arms, lets) that requires amputation
How is the Disease Treated?
Vaccinations are effective against 4 of the 5 most common bacteria types that cause 70% of the disease in the United States. Vaccinations do not protect against all types of meningitis. Note – vaccinations take 7-10 days to become effective, with protection lasting 3-5 years.
The cost of the vaccine varies, so check with your health care provider. Vaccination is very safe – the most common side effects are redness and minor pain at the injection site for up to two days. Vaccinations are available at your doctor’s office, local clinics, and most pharmacies.
QUESTIONS? Call 409-944-1230
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday – Closed