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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 2020-21 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 instead of this series if no records are available.  
Meningococcal A single dose administered within the last five years. If a vaccine was given after the age of 16 you do not need another one.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) A single dose administered within the last ten years.
Varicella Two doses of Varicella-containing vaccine administered at least 28 days apart. If a student had chickenpox as a child, a positive titer (blood test) will be accepted instead of this vaccination series.

 

Required Immunizations for At-Risk Individuals  
Tuberculin (TB)

Any student coming from or returning from a high-risk country* must obtain an updated TB Skin Test annually.  If a student has a positive TB Skin Test, then a chest x-ray taken within the last year is required.

 

Recommended Immunizations Description
Hepatitis A Two dose vaccine series.  A positive Hepatitis A titer (blood test) will be accepted instead of this vaccination if no records are available.
Hepatitis B Three dose vaccine series.  A positive Hepatitis B titer (blood test) will be accepted instead of this vaccine if no records are available.
HPV Three dose vaccine series
Meningitis B Two dose vaccine series
Influenza A single dose annually
Polio Primary series in childhood with IPV alone, OPV alone, or IPV/OPV sequentially.

Documentation

A copy of the student's official immunization record must be provided to the College's 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 C of I 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). Also, 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 comply 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 personal/philosophical 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).

Tuberculin (TB) High-Risk Countries

International and exchange students coming from or returning from these countries must receive a 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 are required.

Note: Students registered before 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.