Immunizations

All required immunizations need to be completed prior to arrival on campus.  Health Services does not administer vaccines other than an annual flu shot in the fall.

Shot Records:  A copy of the student's immunizations record is required for the Admission process.

An official shot record or copy of official shot record must be presented to health Services for the student's health file.  Acceptable forms are the vaccine records kept by doctor's offices and/or school health files or transcripts showing immunizations.

Immunization Requirements

Immunization Required

Number

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)*

2 doses for all students born after 1956 without lab evidence of disease or physician diagnosed disease

Meningococcal

Students < 21 years of age should have documentation of a dose of Meningococcal conjugate vaccine at > 16 years of age.  The booster dose can be administered anytime after the 16th birthday. Especially important for college freshmen living in residence halls.

Immunization Recommended

 

Diphtheria, Tetanus

4-5 doses/a Tdap recommended

Pertussis

4-5 doses/a Tdap recommended

Polio

3 doses

Hepatitis B

3 doses

HPV

Series of 3 shots

Hepatitis A

Series of 2 shots

Varicella

Series of 2 shots

*Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine:

  • 2 doses, one at 12-15 months of age and one at age 4-6 years
  • At least 28 days apart
  • Required for all students born after 1956
  • Day, month, and year of immunization must be noted.
  • Immunity may also be documented by:    
  1. A blood test (titer) showing measles/mumps immunity; or     
  2. Documentation of diagnosed measles/mumps disease (physician signature required).

Students who do not meet the MMR requirements may have a HOLD put on their student account and may not attend classes.

Exemptions may be provided for religious, medical or personal reasons.  A signed exemption must be filed with the Student Health Services Department at the time of initial registration.  Exemption forms can be obtained by contacting Student Health Services.  Students with approved exemptions may be excluded from attending classes or other college activities in the event of a measles/mumps outbreak on campus.

International students

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.

Incoming Students from these countries must have TB testing done:Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational Sate of), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Columbia, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, 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, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia,Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, St. Vincent & the Grenandines, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Ygoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, 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 2010. Countries with incidence rates of > 20 cases per 100,000

Flu shots:  Annual flu shots are arranged to be given on campus by a third party provider.  Students may sign up and pay the fee charged by the provider.