Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, state law requires that all Texas college students who are under the age of 22 must receive a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis. The vaccine is required for students of public and private colleges, living both on and off campus. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening
- Tuberculosis (TB) screening is required for all persons born outside the United States regardless of the status of their application. (Note: Being granted the resident tuition rate does NOT exempt an international student from this requirement.)
- Screening for TB must be administered, regardless of prior BCG vaccination, no more than (6) months prior to the first day of class.
- The only acceptable TB screening option for international students registering for classes starting fall 2013 is the Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood test (T-Spot).
- The T-Spot test must be administered and interpreted in the United States by a licensed medical provider.
- International students who do not complete a TB screening or who do not submit the appropriate documentation will NOT be allowed to register for classes.
Receiving the T-Spot Test from the Student Health Center
- The T-Spot test is available through the on-campus Student Health Center (SHC), beginning fall 2013, at a cost of $52. This fee will be applied to your student account, and you will pay the fee when you pay other charges you may owe the University after you register for classes.
- On the dates listed below, Student Health Center staff will be available to administer the TB T-spot test on a first-come, first-served basis (no appointment necessary).
- Please Note: The Student Health Center can accommodate no more than 300 students on each of these days, so only the first 300 students who check-in will receive their TB test during each TB Testing Clinic.
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Important Note: Results of the T-Spot test will not be available until at least 4 business days after the test is administered, so International students should have the test administered at least 4 business days BEFORE the date they plan to register for classes if at all possible.
- If you test negative for TB, the hold on your student account will be removed within 4 business days of the date you were tested so that you will be able to register for classes.
- If you test positive for TB, Student Health Center staff will contact you by telephone and will refer you to an off-campus organization for a chest x-ray at your own expense. You will not be able to register for classes unless the result of the chest x-ray is negative for active TB and the result is returned to the Student Health Center.
- Be sure you eat before you are tested. Also make sure you are hydrated; drink lots of water that day.
- Be sure to let the medical provider know if you are allergic to latex.
- You may also schedule an appointment. Call the Student Health Center at 972-883-2747 to schedule your appointment.
Receiving the T-Spot Test from an Off-Campus Provider
- You may also choose to have your TB T-spot test administered by an off-campus medical provider and submit the appropriate documentation to the Student Health Center. (Off-Campus locations that offer Quantiferon Gold TB Screening) We recommend you call ahead to be sure the clinic offers the required TB T-spot test. You may also contact any local licensed physician. Costs may vary by provider.
- The SHC accepts paper copies, faxes, scanned or emailed TB test forms. Please have your physician complete the Fall 2013 TB Form and do not alter or change the form in any way. Students who submit false or fraudulent information will be subject to disciplinary action through the Dean of Students Office.
- All documentation must be submitted in English and must be signed by a licensed medical provider.
- If the T-Spot test is administered and interpreted by an off-campus medical provider, documentation must be submitted to the SHC before you will be allowed to register for classes.
- Please Note: It sometimes takes several days for your medical provider to receive the results of your test, so be sure to schedule the test to be administered well before the date you plan to register for classes.
Other Recommended Immunizations
- Chicken Pox
- Annual Flu Shot
Immunizations Offered at the Student Health Center
- Influenza (flu) vaccine
- Hepatitis B
- Meningitis vaccine (Menactra)—Vaccine Requirement Form
- Tuberculosis (TB) skin test
- T-Spot TB test
- Tetanus Tdap and TDs