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Immunization Requirement

All incoming Emory students must meet the CDC and American College Health Association immunization guidelines prior to registration for classes. (Please note that if you have begun a multi-dose immunization series prior to registration, such as Hepatitis B, it can be completed at the Emory University Student Health Service [EUSHS] Immunization Clinic; Vaccinations given at EUSHS are on a fee-for-service basis and are not covered by tuition.)

Incoming students should carefully review the Emory immunization requirements below and complete the Immunization form available via our secure website at: Your Patient PortalAlso, be sure to have this form verified (this step requires the signature of your healthcare provider) or provide a copy of your official signed immunization records when you submit your forms to us.

  • 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.
  • Emory Student Health Services (EUSHS) is aware that some students have a strong personal objection to vaccination with one or more of the required vaccines. EUSHS requires that those students meet with an EUSHS immunization nurse by appointment to share their concerns. During this meeting the student will be provided additional information, and, if they then still so choose, accept by signature the possible risks associated with refusing vaccination.
  • 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.”

Please send in your completed and verifed forms before your classes at Emory begin.  For information how to send in your completed and verified forms, click here (see step six). 

All Emory students must have the following required immunizations prior to matriculation:

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 and year) and

Dose 2: At 4-6 years of age or older (provide month 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 and year) and

Dose 2: At 4-6 years of age or older (provide month 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 and year) and

Dose 2: At 4-6 years of age or older (provide month and year), or

Positive Antibody Titer (include copy of lab result)

  • Rubella (German Measles or Three-Day Measles) - two doses of vaccine or a positive antibody titer

Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month and year) and

Dose 2: At 4-6 years of age or older (provide month and year), or

Positive Antibody Titer (include copy of lab result)

2) Tetanus-Diphtheria:

All students must have the basic primary series of 3 doses of Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoid (DT or TD). These are usually given with Pertussis vaccine (DPT) in infancy.

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 Allied Health, Medical students and School of Nursing students are required to have had one adult Tdap booster.  If the Tdap was given greater than ten years ago, student must have received an additional Td or Tdap within the past 10 years.

3) Hepatitis B:

All students must have a series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations (an initial dose, followed by a dose at 1-2 months and a dose at 4-6 months or later).

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

School of Nursing students must have either a quantitative or qualitative post-vaccine Hepatitis B antibody titer.

4) 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.

5) Tuberculosis (TB) Screening:

All Allied Health, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing students and international students from countries with endemic Tuberculosis must meet Emory's Tuberculosis (TB) screening requirement. This requirement is in keeping with current CDC guidelines.

Emory University requires TB screening (PPD skin testing, Quantiferon TB Gold or T-spot, and/or chest x-ray) within 6 months of matriculation of all Allied Health, Medical and Nursing Students and all international students who have arrived in the United States within the past 5 years from countries in which TB 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 PRIOR to their arrival at Emory.  Emory's guidelines are based upon the recommendations of the CDC, the American Thoracic Society and the American College Health Association.

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 within the past 5 years are required to undergo Tuberculosis screening EXCEPT those from the following countries: click here to see list of exempt countries.

revised: 9/27/2016