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North Carolina Required Immunications for Entering Students

Students will be WITHDRAWN FROM THE UNIVERSITY 30 days after classes begin if immunization requirements have not been met and the Immunization and Health History Form has not been received by Campus Health Services staff.

Immunizations REQUIRED pursuant to North Carolina state law and institutional policy:

Vaccine

Number Doses Required Before School Entry*

Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis

3 doses

Polio

3 doses

Measles

2 doses*

Mumps

2 doses*

Rubella

1 dose*

Hepatitis B (Hep B)

3 doses

• Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis: Individuals entering a college or university must have 3 doses of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis; one of which must be a Tdap booster (given after 2005).

• Polio:  An individual attending school who has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive polio vaccine.

• *Measles: Two doses at least 28 days apart are required for individuals entering college or university. The requirement for a second dose does not apply to individuals who entered school, college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994. A person who has been diagnosed prior to January 1, 1994 by a physician (or designee such as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) as having measles (rubeola) or an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against measles is not required to receive measles vaccine. Individuals born before 1957 are not required to receive measles vaccine except in measles outbreak situations.

• *Mumps: Two doses are required for individuals entering college or university. A physician's diagnosis is not acceptable for mumps disease(s). Individuals must be immunized or have laboratory confirmation of disease or have been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody against mumps. Individuals born before 1957 are not required to receive the mumps vaccine.  Individuals that entered college or university before July 1, 1994 are not required to receive the vaccine. Individuals that entered school, college, or university before July 1, 2008 are not required to receive the second dose of mumps vaccine.

• *Rubella: One dose is required for individuals entering college or university. A physician's diagnosis is not acceptable for rubella disease(s). Individuals must be immunized or have laboratory confirmation of rubella disease or have been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against rubella. Any individual who has attained his or her fiftieth birthday is not required to receive rubella vaccine except in outbreak situations. Any individual who entered college or university after his or her thirtieth birthday and before February 1, 1989 is not required to receive rubella vaccine except in outbreak situations.

• Hepatitis B: Three doses are required for individuals entering college or university. Hepatitis B titers are not acceptable for this requirement; students will need to show documentation of three vaccine doses. Hepatitis B vaccine is not required if an individual was born before July 1, 1994.


       * Two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) will meet this requirement

 

Required vs. Recommended

North Carolina law requires individuals attending college or universities to receive certain vaccines. But in order to be fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, individuals should receive all immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccines to protect against the flu, meningitis, HPV and others are available. Learn more about recommended vaccines.


International Students:  Get more information regarding TB Skin Testing for International Students (See link for TB info).

 

Immunizations that MAY BE REQUIRED by certain colleges or departments (i.e. Health Sciences):

Health Science Students: Your program may require a copy of your immunization record.  It is YOUR responsibility to provide your program with this information.  You will need to keep a copy of your records to forward to your program; Campus Health Services will not automatically forward this information to your program. See our page for more information on Health Science Student Immunizations.