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Immunization Requirements

Everything you need to know to fulfill immunization requirements

  • Illinois law (Public Act 85-1315) and UIS policy require proof of immunity to certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Proof of immunity must be on file with Health Services before students can register for classes for a second term. Proof of immunity can be submitted by having a physician complete the Immunization Information form and sign it attesting to the dates, or by attaching a copy of the Certificate of Child Health (or other certified school immunization records) to the Immunization Information form.
  • Students enrolled only in online only classes are exempt from these requirements.
  • Persons born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the MMR vaccine requirements ONLY. However, the Tdap (tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis/whooping cough) and completing the top box (name, address, signature & date) of the Required Immunization Information Form is a requirement.
  • As of fall 2006, all other students regardless of the number of hours enrolled for, must provide proof of immunizations.

All immunization records must be completed as follows:

  1. ALL dates must be certified by a physician, public health official, or a registered nurse.
  2. ALL dates in a series MUST be included.
  3. ALL dates MUST include at least MONTH AND YEAR; month, day, and year for measles, mumps and rubella.
  4. Information MUST be in English or accompanied by an official translation.
  5. Proof of all the following MUST be provided:
    Tdap (adult dose of tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis within the last 10 years)

Primary immunization of 3 doses at 4-8 week intervals beginning when 6-8 weeks old; a 4th dose given 1 year after the 3rd dose. A 5th dose given prior to school entry unless the 4th dose was given after the 4th birthday.

Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis)

  1. The minimum time interval between the first and second dose must be at least 1 (one) month or more with a minimum of 6 months between the second and third dose.
  2. Non-U.S Citizens of all ages are required to provide documentation of 3 doses of tetanus diphtheria/Tdap with the last dose being the Tdap (adult dose of tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis)
  3. All students are required to maintain a current (expires every 10 years) Tetanus Diphtheria/Tdap while they are attending UIS.

Measles (rubeola, 10 day, red, hard)

  1. 2 doses at least one month apart of live measles vaccine after January 1, 1969, and on or after 12 months of age; MMR is preferred if a second dose is needed prior to college attendance; OR
  2. Non-U.S. Citizens of all ages MUST have one dose at least one month prior to attending.
  3. Date disease diagnosed and certified by a physician;
    OR
  4. Lab test proving high immunity (laboratory report must be attached to the Immunization Information form).

Mumps (2 doses at least one month apart of live mumps vaccine)

  1. Live virus vaccine given after 12 months of age and after January 1, 1968;
    OR
  2. Non-U.S. Citizens of all ages MUST have one dose at least one month prior to attending.
  3. Date disease diagnosed and certified by a physician;
    OR
  4. ELISA or RHA lab test proving immunity (laboratory report must be attached to the Immunization Information form).

Rubella (german measles, 3 day) (HISTORY OF DISEASE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.)

  1. Live virus vaccine given after 12 months of age and after June 19, 1969; OR
  2. Non-U.S. Citizens of all ages MUST have one dose at least one month prior to attending.
  3. Lab test proving high immunity (laboratory report must be attached to the Immunization Information form).
    MMR – 2 doses after May 1, 1971 and after 12 months of age.

Polio

Optional, but students are strongly encouraged to submit dates.

Completion of Primary series:

  • Oral Sabin (OPV) OR Injectable Salk (IPV)
    3 doses/dates 4 doses/dates

Meningitis Vaccine (Menactra)

Optional but all freshmen are encouraged to have this vaccine prior to arrival on campus.

Gardasil Vaccine

Optional but all women and men aged 26 years and younger are encouraged to consider this vaccine.

Tuberculosis

Proof of Freedom from Tuberculosis required for all students who are not U.S. citizens. There are no exemptions from the tuberculin blood test/Quantiferon Goldtest.

  1. Quantiferon Gold/TB blood test or TB skin test must be administered in the U.S.  upon arrival and before you may register for classes.

NOTE: A non-refundable thirty-five dollar ($35) non-compliance fee will be assessed to any student who is not 100% in compliance by the 10th day of classes in the Fall and Spring semester, or the 5th day of classes in the summer semester; i.e., a student who has not provided proof of immunity to tetanus/diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella and attached it to the UIS form with student’s signature. Students who are not in compliance by the end of their first semester at UIS will not be allowed to register for a second semester until they are in compliance.