Immunizations

Proof of Meningococcal vaccination or waiver must be submitted to the register's office, Fax: (432) 837-8411. Immunization data is stored for 10 years from the date of receipt or last vaccination entry, whichever is later. Regular treatment notes are only kept for seven years. All expired documents are properly destroyed.

The National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) lists preventable disease vaccines.

Texas' Infectious Disease Control Unit provides information about disease causing microscopic pathogens. 

Texas Immunization Registry is a voluntary repository for personal vaccination record.

The following links are to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s web information.

Vaccine Recommendations*
Meningococcal
  • Required for all new and transfer students under 22 years old and attending on-campus courses
  • Students who choose not to be vaccinated must submit a notarized DSHS affidavit for reasons of conscience, or a medical certificate signed by a licensed physician showing a contraindication to vaccination.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Students lacking documentation
  • Booster every 10 years
  • Part of wound management

Influenza (Flu Shot) (Nasal Spray)

  • Annually, especially for caregivers, dormitory residents and students with chronic medical conditions
Hepatitis B
  • Students whose work or lifestyle exposes them to blood or body fluids
  • Hepatitis B series was included in the childhood immunization schedule as of 1991
Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Strongly recommended for those students lacking documentation or evidence of disease
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • All students born after 1956 without evidence of disease or immunity
Polio (poliomyelitis)
  • Unvaccinated students
  • Most students received routine vaccination in childhood
  • Booster may be needed if traveling outside the United States
Rabies
  • Animal Science Students
Tuberculin Skin Test (TB)
  • International students need a PPD skin test or chest x-ray within the last six months to a year to screen for tuberculosis infection
  • Students in academic programs with increased risk of TB exposure
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Non pregnant students younger than 27 years old
  • Routine cervical screening should continue

Students entering animal sciences or health care need to contact their program director about additional immunizations and/or boosters that may be required. Students with a chronic medical condition, older than 49 years of age or Native American should check with their health care provider for vaccine recommendations.

For more information, you may contact student health services at (432) 837-8102, the Pearce Clinic at (432) 837-3433 or Alpine's Texas Department of State Health Services at (432) 837-3877.

See recommended Adult and Child Immunization Schedules.