The university maintains a part-time Health Center for the benefit of all students. Its mission is to promote and maintain the health and general well-being of students through routine medical examinations, clinical services, and health instruction. TLU requires all incoming students to complete an online health form and show proof of current meningitis vaccination.
The Health Center, located in the Clifton Hall Apartment, is staffed 30 hours each week, Monday-Friday, by a Registered Nurse. Local health care providers come to see students twice each week, for a total of two hours. There is no charge for the visit. Students can be assessed by the RN and be advised on self care and/or referral to off-campus resources. Hours of operation vary and are posted on the MyTLU Health Center page.
Flu shots are offered during the fall semester on campus. The Health Center also hosts events for blood donation and HIV testing.
Meningitis Vaccination Policy
In order to comply with state law, TLU requires that all new students, including transfer and readmissions, be immunized against bacterial meningitis (MCV4). The vaccination must have been given during the 5 year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester enrolled. Students age 22 and over are exempt from this law.
Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes an official record from a state or local health authority, or school record, or physician’s office; including signature or stamp of practitioner and month/day/year of vaccination. Vaccination from a pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) is acceptable, but documentation of the vaccination is required (not just a receipt). Documentation should be sent to TLU Enrollment Services, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin, TX, 78155 or faxed to 830-372-8096.
A student has the right to claim exemption if the student submits (1) an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health of the student; or (2) an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used for on campus students. A version of the form for off-campus students only may be downloaded here. This form must be notarized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that meningococcal disease strikes up to 3,000 Americans, killing 300 people a year. Up to 15 percent of those with the disease may suffer long-term permanent disabilities including hearing loss, limb amputations and brain damage.
Comprehensive Student Health Form
New Students are required to complete the Comprehensive Student Health Form which includes the student's medical and mental health history and disability accommodation needs. The information provided will allow TLU staff to become aware of any special needs the student may have. If an emergency occurs, this information could be used to ensure the safest care possible for the student. The form can be completed online through MyTLU (login required).
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