Immunizations

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS: NEW STUDENTS FALL 2015*** 

Immunization Required

 

Description

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

 

2 doses administered at least 28 days apart. A positive MMR titer will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination series if no records are available.  

Meningococcal

 

Single does within the last five years.

Tenanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)

 

Single dose administered within the last 10 years. 

Hepatitis A 

 

Two dose vaccine series. A positive Hepatitis A titer will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination if no records are available. 

Hepatitis B

 

Three dose vaccine series. A positive Hepatitis B titer will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination if no records are available. 

Vericella

 

Two doses of Varicella-containing vaccine administered at least 28 days apart. If a student had chicken pox as a child, a positive Varicella titer will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination series.

Teburculin (TB)

 

A TB skin test (Mantoux 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 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. IPV booster only needed for travel to areas or countries** where polio is epidemic or endemic.

Recommended

 

 Immunizations

HPV

 

Three dose vaccine series.

Influenza

 

Single dose annually.

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 tenth day of classes will be removed from the residence halls until all requirements are met (no refunds available). In addition, students with imcomplete 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 tenth 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 in compliance 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 from these countries must have TB testing done: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Columbia, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Source:  World Health Organization Global Health Observatory, Tuberculosis incidence 2012. Countries with incidence rates of > 20 cases per 100,000

**Afghanistan, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, China (Xinjiang province only), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iran, Iraq, Israel, West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

All international students, except those from countries currently identified as being low risk:  per the American College Health Association Guidelines from April 2012, 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 test is positive, a Chest X-ray, evaluation for needed treatment and MD clearance for activities is required.

***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.