Immunization Requirements

  1. In accordance with Texas Education Code 51.9192, Subchapter Z, all first-time students at UT Tyler, including transfer and graduate students, and all students who have previously attended UT Tyler prior to January 1, 2012, and who are enrolling at UT Tyler following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester are required to provide proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the semester. All documentation should be submitted to the Enrollment Services Center (ESC), in ADM 230. Exemptions for this requirement are as follows:
    • The student is 30 years of age or older.
    • The student is enrolled in online-only programs. If the student attends any on-campus classes, they must submit proof of vaccination.
    • 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.
    • 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. This form is located at http://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm.
  2. In accordance with State law, 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.

    Measles: proof of two doses of measles vaccine administered on or after the first birthday and at least 30 days apart or proof of immunity.

    Mumps: proof of one dose of mumps vaccine administered on or after the first birthday or proof of immunity.

    Rubella: proof of one dose administered on or after the first birthday or proof of immunity.

    Tetanus/diphtheria: proof of one "booster" dose of tetanus/diphtheria (within 10 years).

    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.

    Influenza: proof of influenza vaccination required every fall semester

* Note: Certain exemptions are allowed from the immunization requirement

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.