Immunizations

The College of Idaho believes it is in the best interests of the campus community for every student to be vaccinated appropriately. Listed below are the immunizations required of all students for the 2017-18 school year.

Required Immunizations Description
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Two doses administered at least 28 days apart. A positive MMR titer (blood test) will be accepted in lieu of this series if no records are available.
Meningococcal Single dose administered within the last five years. If vaccine was given after the age of 16 you do not need another one.
Tetanus,Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Single dose administered within the last ten years.
Hepatitis A Two dose vaccine series. A positive Hepatitis A titer (blood test) will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination if no records are available.
Hepatitis B Three dose vaccine series. A positive Hepatitis B titer (blood test) will be accepted in lieu of this vaccine series if no records are available.
Varicella Two doses of Varicella-containing vaccine administered at least 28 days Apart. If a student had chicken pox as a child, a positive titer (blood test) will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination series.
Tuberculin (TB) A TB skin test (Monteux or Quantiferon) within the last year. If a student has a positive TB skin test, then a chest X-ray taken within the last year is required. Any student coming from or returning from a high risk country* must obtain an updated TB skin test.
Polio Primary series in childhood with IPV alone, OPV alone, or IPV/OPV sequentially.

 

Recommended Immunizations Description
HPV Three dose vaccine series
Influenza Single dose annually
Meningitis B Two dose vaccine series

Documentation A copy of the student's official immunization record must be provided to the Health Services Department. Documentation can be hand delivered to the Health Center located in Hendren Hall, faxed to (208) 459-5182 attn. Health Services, or mailed to The College of Idaho, Student Health Center, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605. The College will accept vaccine records signed by a medical doctor, school health records or transcripts documenting immunizations and/or state immunization bank records.

Timeline Students must provide all immunization documentation to the Health Services Department no later than the first day of classes for the semester in which the student intends to enroll. Students who have an incomplete immunization record as of the 15th day of classes may be removed from the residence halls until all requirements are met (no refunds available). In addition, students with incomplete records will have a hold placed on their account and will not be able to register for the following semester. Students participating in intercollegiate sports who have incomplete immunization records will not be allowed to practice or compete until they are in compliance with the College's immunization policy.

Exemptions The College of Idaho believes it is in the best interests of the campus community when every student is immunized (herd immunity) and, therefore, the College discourages nonmedical exemptions to required vaccines. The College, however, will consider a medical or religious request for exemption to vaccines; in such instances, a Medical/Religious Exemption request form must be submitted for review. Exemption forms can be obtained from the Health Center and must be submitted to the Health Center by the first day of classes for the semester in which the student intends to enroll. Students will be notified as to the status of their exemption request by the third day of classes. Students who do not have an approved exemption and still have an incomplete immunization record as of the 15th day of classes will have a hold placed on their account and will be removed from the residence halls (no refunds available) until all requirements are met. Students participating in intercollegiate sports who have incomplete immunization records will not be allowed to practice or compete until they are compliant with the College's immunization policy. Should an outbreak occur on campus, students with approved exemptions or incomplete immunization records may be restricted from attending classes or other College activities, and/or removed from the residence halls until there is no further immediate risk to the student (no refunds available).

*International and exchange students coming from or returning from these countries must have TB testing done:

  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russian Federation
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Viet Nam
  • Cambodia
  • Central African Republic
  • Congo
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Namibia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Cameroon
  • Malawi
  • Uganda
  • Botswana
  • Chad
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Swaziland
  • Kazakhstan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Peru
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Somalia
  • Tajikistan
(Source: World Health Organization Global Health Observatory, Tuberculosis incidence June 2015.)

All international students, except those from countries currently identified as being low risk are required to have either a TB (tuberculin) skin test or IGRA (Interferon Gamma Release Assays blood test.)

Students with a history of BCG vaccination are not excluded from tuberculin testing.

If the skin test is positive, a Chest X-ray, evaluation for needed treatment, and MD clearance for activities is required.

Note: Students registered prior to Fall 2015 are only required to provide proof of receiving the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Meningococcal vaccines, but are encouraged to receive all recommended vaccinations.