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Immunization Requirements

State of Connecticut General Statutes as well as University of Connecticut regulations require each full-time or matriculating* student born after December 31, 1956, to provide proof of adequate immunization or screening against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, meningitis and tuberculosis before permitting such student to enroll at the university. In accordance with these requirements, UConn Student Health Services will collect immunization information, assess compliance, and enforce the regulations as a condition of attendance. (*Matriculating students are defined as those enrolled in a degree-seeking program.)  Part time non-matriculating students are not required to have MMR and varicella immunizations although they are recommended to have those vaccines by ACIP

Students who are not compliant with immunization requirements by the 10th day of classes of their first semester will be blocked from class registration functions (i.e. Add/Drop) in the Student Administration system, will be refused entry into the Student Rec Center, and may not be eligible for Room Change or Room Draw.

 

The following are MANDATORY for ALL students:

 

  • Measles (Rubeola) – you must provide proof of one of the following:
      • TWO measles (or MMR) immunizations (one after your first birthday and one at least 28 days later), OR
      • Documentation of positive measles titer (blood test), OR
      • Documentation of date of measles disease by your health care provider on the Health History Form.

     

  • Rubella – you must provide proof of one of the following:
      • TWO rubella immunization after first birthday, and one at least 28 days later), OR
      • Documentation of positive rubella titer, OR
      • Documentation of date of rubella disease by your health care provider on the Health History Form.

     

  • Mumps – you must provide proof of one of the following:
      • TWO mumps (or MMR) immunizations (one after your first birthday and one at least 28 days later), OR
      • Documentation of positive mumps titer (blood test), OR
      • Documentation of date of mumps disease by your health care provider on the Health History Form.

     

  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)If you were born after 01/01/1980, you must provide proof of one of the following:
      • TWO varicella immunizations (one after your first birthday and one at least 28 days later), OR
      • Documentation of positive varicella titer (blood test), OR
      • Documentation of date of varicella disease by your health care provider on the Health History Form.

 

  • Tuberculosis Screening – Complete the “Tuberculosis (TB) risk assessment” that is on the health history form. If you answer “yes” to questions B, C or D you will need a TB test.

There are two acceptable testing methods:

      1. Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) This is the preferred method. The two IGRAs that are commercially available in the U.S. are:
        • QuantiFERON®-TB Gold  (QFT-GIT)
        • T-SPOT® (T-Spot)
      2. Mantoux tuberculin skin test (PPD)

If your TB test is positive, or if you have had a positive TB test in the past, you will need a chest x-ray. We accept chest x-rays done within the past 6 months. The radiology report MUST be attached in order for us to accept the x-ray result.

 

The following requirement applies to students living in university housing:

  • Meningitis – Students living in university-owned housing must provide proof  of receiving at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine not more than 5 years before enrollment.

 

Recommended but not Mandatory:

  • Hepatitis B – This is not a requirement, however we recommend you be immunized against Hepatitis B.
    • Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection which may be asymptomatic; it is common in many countries of the world, especially countries in sub-Saharan Africa, in the Amazon basin of South America, and in countries in eastern and southeastern Asia. It is strongly recommended that all students (even those who have been immunized) who were born in any of these countries, or whose mothers were born in any of these countries, be screened for prior infection with a Hepatitis B surface antigen test.(More information on Hepatitis B can be found on the CDC Website
  • Meningitis Serogroup B – This is not a requirement, however we recommend you be immunized given the recent outbreaks on three college campuses in the Northeast.
    • In February 2015, ACIP recommended routine use of MenB vaccines in certain groups of persons at increased risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease, including during outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease.
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria – This is not a requirement, however vaccination against tetanus and diphtheria has markedly reduced the number of cases and deaths from tetanus and diphtheria in the United States in all age groups. A booster every 10 years is recommended.

 

All matriculated students MUST submit proof of immunizations on our Student Health History Form before arriving at UConn. (Please note that there is a different immunization record for students at the School of Social Work.)

 

DEADLINES: University policies require that you submit your Health History Form with mandatory immunization documentation before July 1 AUGUST 1 for the Fall semester and before January 1 for the Spring semester.

 

IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTIONS

  • Students born prior to January 1, 1957 are exempted by age to the Measles and Rubella requirement.
  • Students over 29 years of age do not need to provide Meningococcal vaccination information.
  • The university will only permit vaccination waivers for religious or medical reasons. A signed statement indicating specific medical contraindication from your medical provider is required for medical exemption. A signed statement stating religious objections to immunization must be submitted in order to obtain a religious exemption.
  • Distance Learners do not need to meet the immunization requirements if all courses are on-line. It is each student’s responsibility to notify Student Health Services annually if that is the case.
    Exemption for either medical or religious reasons subjects the individual to exclusion from campus in the event of an outbreak of a disease for which immunizations are required.
  • Immunization Exemption Form