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Meningitis vaccination proof due by Jan. 2

Posted 12-9-2011 by Barrie Hill

Incoming UTA students under 30 years old must be immunized against bacterial meningitis before enrolling and submit proof of immunization by Jan. 2.

The new law mandates that first-time college students, students transferring from another institution and students who are re-enrolling following a break of at least semester be inoculated . Students who plan to audit a course must also comply with the law.
 
New UT Arlington students enrolling for Spring 2012 must be vaccinated as soon as possible. Under the law, new college students must have received the vaccine within the past five years. Proof of inoculation is required 10 days before the Jan. 17 start of the spring semester.
 
UT Arlington asks students to submit proof of vaccination by Jan. 2 to ensure that documents are processed in time to comply with the law. Students will not be allowed to enroll or move in to campus housing without submitting proof that they have complied with the vaccination law.

Students have several options to obtain the vacinnation. Many primary care physicians offer the shot with price depending on insurance coverage and the practice. Some insurance plans require a co-payment for preventative vaccinations; others may fully cover the cost. The vaccine also may be available at area health care clinics and pharmacies.

The vaccine also is available through the UT Arlington Health Services Center for a fee of $130. Students with private insurance may be able to file a claim afterward. For more information contact UT Arlington Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit www.uta.edu/healthservices.

Tarrant County Public Health has a limited supply of subsidized meningitis vaccine doses available for $25. The shots are intended for low-income, uninsured students. Availability varies by clinic site and demand. Please contact a clinic in your area to determine whether subsidized meningitis vaccine is available. Visit http://health.tarrantcounty.com for a list of public health clinics or call 817-321-4700.

Dallas County Health and Human Services also is offering subsidized meningitis vaccine to students 19 and older for $10 with a college ID. Supplies are limited. For more information, please call 214-819-2162 or visit http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/ for a list of clinics and phone numbers.
Students need not show proof of residency to purchase the subsidized vaccine in either county.

UT Arlington has contracted with a third-party service, Magnus Health SMR, to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. Incoming students will be given directions on how to create a Magnus account and how to submit proper documentation indicating that they have received the vaccine 10 days in advance of the first day of classes.

Proof documents may be uploaded online, faxed or mailed directly to Magnus Health, but students are encouraged to upload proof documents online. Faxing or mailing documents will slow down the verification process. The company will charge students a $10 fee to record and review records submitted and to notify UT Arlington that the student is in compliance. International students may pay with a credit card but must do so on the phone or via fax. For more information, email Magnus Health at service@magnushealthportal.com or call 877-461-6831.

For additional information, visit the following: http://www.uta.edu/news/info/meningitis.php

 

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