Texas universities don’t require students to have MMR vaccine

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) -- Universities in Texas don’t require students to have their MMR vaccine before starting classes. State law only requires students to have their meningitis vaccinations up to date.

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Texas A&M says it only strongly recommended that students get their MMR doses. The school says they had problems with students falsifying medical records years ago, and now only monitor meningitis records.

Because most high schools require those shots before going in, universities assume they’re all up to date.

“Because there’s such a widespread immunized population, that going through that process and having that barrier for students having to get registered, it just didn’t really make sense,” said Dr. Martha Dannenbaum with Texas A&M Student Health Services.

Dr. Dannenbaum says the health center has the MMR vaccine for any student that chooses to get one.