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Student Immunization Requirements

All incoming Emory students must meet the CDC and American College Health Association immunization and Tuberculosis testing guidelines prior to registration for classes.

IF YOU ARE NOT IMMUNIZATION COMPLIANT, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR CLASSES THE NEXT SEMESTER.

Incoming students should carefully review the Emory immunization requirements below and complete the electronic Immunization form available via our secure website on Your Patient Portal (YPP) which you sign into using your Emory OPUS user ID and password.

FOUR STEPS ARE REQUIRED FOR COMPLIANCE:

STEP ONE: Download and print a copy of your school-specific paper form and take it to your healthcare provider to verify and sign.  If you already have an official signed copy of your immunizations, go to step two.

STEP TWO: Fill out the online Tuberculosis Questionnaire Form on the (YPP) home page. You may also fill out the paper version of the Tuberculosis Questionnaire on the paper immunization form and upload with your signed immunization records. (Note: an alternate tuberculosis screening is required for the School of Medicine, all Allied Health programs and all School of Nursing programs.)

STEP THREE: Enter and submit the vaccination dates into the electronic Immunization Form on YPP.

STEP FOUR: Upload the verified and signed form via YPP.

For further assistance please contact or immunization compliance team at immunizations-shs@emory.edu.

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  • If you have a medical contraindication to any of Emory's immunization requirements, please submit a letter of explanation, signed by both you and your healthcare provider, along with your other immunization records.
  • Please note that the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Requirement (for health sciences students and international students from specific TB endemic countries) cannot be declined.
  • For information about specific vaccinations, please see the CDC vaccine information statements.

 

ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT:

  1. Measles, Mumps and Rubella:

All students born on or after January 1, 1957 must meet this requirement, either by having been vaccinated against the three diseases (either as the combined vaccine MMR or individual vaccinations against the 3 diseases) or showing laboratory evidence of immunity to all 3 diseases:

EITHER:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month, day and year) and
Dose 2: At least one month after dose 1 (provide month, day and year)
 

OR ALL THREE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Measles (Rubeola, Red Measles or Ten-Day Measles) - two doses of vaccine or a positive antibody titer
Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month, day and year) and
Dose 2: At least one month after dose 1 (provide month, day and year), or
Positive Antibody Titer (include copy of lab result)
  • Mumps - two doses of vaccine or a positive antibody titer
Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month, day and year) and
Dose 2: At least one month after dose 1 (provide month, day and year), or
Positive Antibody Titer (include copy of lab result)
  • Rubella (German Measles or Three-Day Measles) - one dose of vaccine or a positive antibody titer
Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month, day and year) or
Positive Antibody Titer (include copy of lab result)

  

  1. Tetanus-Diphtheria:

All students must have the basic primary series of 3 doses of Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoid (DT or TD). In addition, all students must have a Td or Tdap booster within the past 10 years (a Tetanus Diphtheria booster shot is required every 10 years after the basic primary series has been completed).

All students are required to have had one adult Tdap booster.  If the Tdap was given greater than ten years ago, a student must have received an additional Td or Tdap within the past 10 years.

  

  1. Hepatitis B:

All students must have a series of THREE Hepatitis B vaccinations:  an initial dose, followed by a dose 1-2 months after the first, and a final dose 6 months after the first (AND two months after the second).

OR Positive Antibody Titer (upload copy of this lab report).

A copy of the post-vaccine quantitative antibody titer lab report is required before arrival for Allied Health and School of Nursing and School of Medicine students.

If you are currently in the process of being immunized for Hepatitis B, you can finish the series once you are at school on a fee-for-service basis.

 

  1. Varicella (Chicken Pox):

All students must have a history of Varicella (chicken pox) disease, a positive Varicella antibody titer or 2 doses of vaccine given at least 1 month apart.

Allied Health, Medical and Nursing students must have either the 2 doses of vaccine or a Varicella antibody titer.  A copy of the Varicella titer lab report is required if that option is chosen for all Allied Health, School of Medicine and School of Nursing students.

 

  1. Tuberculosis (TB) Screening:

All college, graduate, business, law, public health, theology and all non-medical/nursing students must fill out the Tuberculosis questionnaire. If any question is answered 'yes', a TB screening test is required (PPD skin testing, Quantiferon TB Gold or T-spot, and/or a chest x-ray).

Emory University requires a TB screening test within 6 months of matriculation of all Allied Health, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing students and all international students who have arrived in the United States from countries in which Tuberculosis is endemic. 

  • Allied Health and Medical Students screened by PPD will also need a second PPD (the "two step" PPD process) AFTER their arrival at Emory.
  • Nursing students screened by PPD are required to get a second PPD at least 2 weeks after the first PPD AND PRIOR to their arrival at Emory.
Because TB is so common globally, it is easier to list countries of low TB prevalence rather than high. Therefore, all international students who have arrived in the United States are required to undergo Tuberculosis screening EXCEPT those from the following exempt countries:

Albania, Amer. Samoa, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bonaire/St. Eustatius/Saba, British Virgin Isl., Canada, Cayman Isl., Chile, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Monserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Poland, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent and the Grenadines,  Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Saint Maarten (Dutch), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Isl., United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, US Virgin Isl., Wallis & Futuna Isl., West Bank & Gaza Strip

The preferred testing for these international students is either a Quantiferon TB Gold or T-spot blood test; however a negative PPD skin test is acceptable. 

 

 Revised: 7/31/18