Immunizations

Requirements (for students enrolling in health-related courses)

Students enrolling in health-related courses that involve direct patient contact (i.e., nursing) must meet the following immunization criteria:

Measles - Persons born since January 1, 1957, must have two doses since 12 months of age, with the doses coming at least 30 days apart.

Mumps - Persons born since January 1, 1957, must have at least one dose since 12 months of age.

Rubella - Must have at least one dose since 12 months of age.

Tetanus/Diphtheria - Must have one dose within the past 10 years.

Hepatitis B - A complete series or proof of immunity is encouraged for any student enrolling in health-related courses that involve direct patient contact, especially with patients' blood (i.e., nursing). Nursing students are required to take the hepatitis series or sign a waiver.

Meningitis - All new students aged 21 years or younger must show evidence of receipt of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls. Students may contact the Office of Recruitment & Undergraduate Admissions for more details.

Recommendations (for all students)

Measles - All students enrolling in institutions of higher education should have two doses of the measles vaccine prior to the start of classes.

Meningitis - All students enrolling in institutions of higher education should have a bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Tetanus/Diphtheria - Tetanus vaccines are effective for about 10 years and need to be boosted at that interval; they should be given in combination with the diphtheria vaccine.