Who is required to be immunized?
Tennessee requires new full-time enrollees in higher education institutions with enrollments larger than 200 students to be up to date on immunizations. Full-time is defined as undergraduates enrolling in at least 12 semester hours, or equivalent, and graduate students enrolling in at least 9 semester hours, or equivalent. Note: A hold is automatically set to prevent a student's registration until the process is completed. Once completed, the hold is automatically removed and the student is clear to register. There is no need to contact Health Services to remove the hold since everything is automatic.
Directions for Submitting Your Immunizations - Registration Compliance
In order to register for classes Health Services must have proof of two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) and two doses of Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR). If your under the age of 18, you must complete the additional form found in the student portal. Students living on campus must also complete the required Meningitis form.
- Log into the student portal.
- Click on Medical Clearances on the left column.
- The Status column will show either Compliant or Not Compliant.
- Click the Update button if your status is Not Compliant and follow the directions.
- Please allow 48-72 hours for processing.
Students Taking Online Classes Only
If you are a full-time online only student, click here to be taken to the online exemption form. To qualify for the online exemption, the course must be completely online with no on campus meetings.
Locating immunization records: Adults can have difficulty locating childhood immunization records. You should check with family members who may have copies of childhood records. You should try to contact the original immunization provider: if a local health department, contact them directly; if a private medical office, contact that office. Schools may have copies of immunization certificates in student files. Children born after the mid-1990's may have records entered in a state-managed immunization registry; such registries now exist in many states, but are unlikely to contain information on adults. If records cannot be located, additional vaccinations are recommended.
If records cannot be located, you can have a blood titer test completed. If the test verifies immunity, this will satisfy the requirement. This test can be completed in our office, another provider’s office, or your local health department. In our office, the MMR titer is $40.00 and the Varicella is $20.00. Prices subject to change.
New Meningitis Immunization Requirement (students living on-campus ONLY)
- Meningitis vaccine must be the quadrivalent conjugated meningococcal vaccine (MCV4 – Serogroups A,C,W-135, & Y) to meet this requirement. The Meningitis B vaccination is also recommended by the CDC, but not required at this time.
- Documentation of one dose of meningococcal vaccine given on or after the sixteenth birthday must be provided.
- Beginning with the Fall 2013 term, all students under age 22 who are enrolling for
the first time, regardless of the level at which the student is matriculating, AND
who will be living in on-campus housing, must show proof of adequate immunization
against meningitis prior to assignment. “Adequate Immunization” means students must
have been vaccinated on or after their 16th birthday. On move-in day, those students
who have not previously provided such proof must provide it before they can be allowed
to move in.
Varicella (chickenpox) Immunity
Proof of immunity to Varicella may be provided by meeting one of the following criteria:
- Date of birth before January 1, 1980
- History of chickenpox illness diagnosed by a healthcare provider or verified by a physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant to whom the illness is described
- Documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine given at least 28 days apart, excluding doses given earlier than four days before the first birthday
- Documentation of blood titer test (serology) showing immunity to varicella
- A military immunization form or DD214 form
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Immunity
Proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella may be provided by meeting one of the following criteria:
- Date of birth before January 1, 1957
- Documentation of two doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella given at least 28 days apart, excluding doses given earlier than four days before the first birthday
- Documentation of blood titer test (serology) showing immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. If any one of the three is negative, two doses of the vaccine must be documented
- A military immunization form or DD214 form
If under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian will have to sign and submit this form.
The State of Tennessee mandates that MTSU provide information concerning Hepatitis B infection and Meningococcal disease to all students entering MTSU for the first time. All new students will need to electronically sign an acknowledgment form before they can register. This form is located within PipelineMT.Hepatitis B/Meningitis Form
This form is required if you would like to request an exemption from the immunization requirement because it conflicts with your religious beliefs and practices.
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