Free Meningitis Shots for Incoming Del Mar College Students

Aug. 15, 2014


  • WHAT: Students planning to enroll in Del Mar College this fall can receive a free meningococcal vaccination, required by Texas law for first-time students to protect them and their fellow students from bacterial meningitis. 

  • WHEN: Aug. 19, 7:30 am-8 pm; Aug. 20, 7:30 am-6 pm; Aug. 23, 10 am-2 pm. Vaccinations will be given on these dates while supplies last.  

  • WHERE: Harvin Center board room, Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin, Corpus Christi  

  • WHO: Vaccinations provided by Nueces County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance and South Texas Family Planning & Health Corporation


Bacterial meningitis is an often-deadly inflammation of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It spreads quickly from person to person, especially those who live in close quarters like a college dorm. College students must provide proof of having the vaccination within five years of college admission or at least 10 days before moving onto campus. 

“This costly vaccination can keep some students from enrolling in college, and we want to remove any barriers to education and good health,” said Martha Vijjeswarapu, president of the Nueces CMS Alliance.

This vaccination event is supported by a grant from Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program. Be Wise — Immunize has awarded 26 Local Impact Grants totaling more than $40,000 since 2012 to help Texas communities provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans. Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation (TMAF), thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families. 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

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Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association. 

Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320

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