Meeting the state meningitis compliance requirement is part of the registration process. Student access to class registration will be blocked until evidence of compliance with meningitis requirements is completed. Students should plan ahead to meet compliance requirements and eliminate registration delays. Check your student center account to confirm your status.
Texas law requires most incoming college students to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis or provide an exemption request declining the vaccine. Senate Bill 1107 amends current Texas law requiring proof of Bacterial Meningitis vaccination at least 10 days before attending classes.
Financial Aid Students - Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify and need assistance funding meningitis vaccination costs. Visit the Financial Aid Office on your campus for more information.
There are three ways for students to comply with the bacterial meningitis requirements:
Lone Star College has partnered with Magnus SMR (Student Medical Records), an electronic system for tracking and storing the bacterial meningitis immunizations and medical exemptions. Access Magnus SMR inside your myLoneStar student account. Magnus customer service: 1.877.461.6831
Vaccination documents must include the month/day/year and specific type of vaccination administered. Evidence of Vaccination must show that the vaccination was received at least 10 days prior to attending classes. Evidence of Vaccination must be submitted in one of the following formats:
Must be uploaded, faxed or mailed to Magnus SMR
Note: CVS Pharmacies are a preferred provider and will upload your vaccination record directly to Magnus IF you have already established your account and you receive your vaccination through CVS.
Must be uploaded, faxed or mailed to Magnus SMR
An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician. The physician must be registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States. The affidavit must state the physician's opinion that the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student. Form may be uploaded, faxed or mailed (must use Magnus cover sheet to fax/mail and follow instructions on the cover sheet.)Medical Exemption Steps:
Original, notarized affidavit must be submitted to campus Admissions/Advising office. Does not require a Magnus SMR account.
An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the bacterial meningitis vaccination for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.
Conscientious Objection Steps:
To submit a conscientious objection exemption:
Lone Star College has partnered with Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Records), an electronic system for tracking and storing the bacterial meningitis immunizations and exemptions.
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Magnus Health Student Medical Records (SMR) is used by more than 900 schools for managing school health records. Lone Star College System has adopted this system because it:
Remember, even if you are exempt from the bacterial meningitis vaccination, you are strongly encouraged to obtain the vaccinations before registering at Lone Star College. Please keep in mind the following considerations.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The severity of illness and treatment differs depending on whether it is caused by a virus or bacterium. Viral meningitis is generally less severe and clears up without specific treatment. Bacterial meningitis can be severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities. It is also important to know what type of bacterial meningitis, because antibiotics can prevent some types from spreading and infecting other people.
Haemophilus influenzaetype b (Hib) was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis before the 1990s. Since the Hib vaccine is now given to all children as part of their routine immunizations, the number of Hib infections and related meningitis cases has declined. Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis are now the leading causes of bacterial meningitis.
High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of 2 years. These symptoms can develop over several hours or take 1 to 2 days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. Infants with meningitis may appear slow or inactive, have vomiting, be irritable, or feeding poorly. As the disease progresses, patients of any age may have seizures.
Some forms of bacterial meningitis are contagious. The bacteria is mainly spread from person to person through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions. This can occur through coughing, kissing, and sneezing, yet none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as the common cold or flu. The bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been.
Sometimes the bacteria that cause meningitis have spread to other people who have had close or prolonged contact with a patient with meningococcal meningitis or Hib. People in the same household or daycare center or anyone with direct contact with a patient's oral secretions (such as a boyfriend or girlfriend) would be considered at increased risk of getting the infection. People who qualify as close contacts of a person with meningitis caused by N. meningitides should receive antibiotics (prophylaxis) to prevent them from getting the disease. This is if there is 1 household contact younger than 48 months who has not been fully immunized against Hib or a child with a weakened immune system, then the entire household, regardless of age, should receive prophylaxis.
Follow good hygiene practices:
The CDC and Texas State Department of Health Services provide the following general guidelines to determine when one can return to work after developing meningitis:
NOTE: Individuals who have had meningitis should stay away from school and work for as long as symptoms exist. This could be for an extended period of time. It is highly recommended that an individual seek guidance from their health care professional or the local health department to determine when it is appropriate to return to work or school.