Required Immunizations

Required Immunizations

Connecticut state law requires ALL students born after December 31, 1956 to provide evidence of immunity against measles, German measles (rubella), and mumps. Students must show proof of having received two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Also, starting in the fall of 2010, ALL students born after January 1, 1980 must provide evidence of immunity against chickenpox (varicella) either by showing proof of two doses of the varicella vaccine or documentation from your health care provider stating that you had chickenpox disease. If you are unable to prove that you have had chickenpox or locate any of your immunization records, you can get a blood test to determine if you are immune to any or all of these diseases.

Measles

  • Two doses of vaccine required
  • Given as part of MMR
  • First dose must be given on or after 12 months of age
  • Second dose must be given at least 28 days after the first dose
  • This requirement may be waived if you have lab test results showing that you are immune to measles

German measles (rubella)

  • Two doses of vaccine required
  • Given as part of MMR
  • First dose must be given on or after 12 months of age
  • Second dose must be given at least 28 days after the first dose
  • This requirement may be waived if you have lab test results showing that you are immune to G. measles

Mumps

  • Two doses of vaccine required
  • Given as part of MMR
  • First dose must be given on or after 12 months of age
  • Second dose must be given at least 28 days after the first dose
  • This requirement may be waived if you have lab test results showing that you are immune to mumps

Chickenpox (varicella)

  • Two doses of vaccine required
  • Second dose must be given at least 28 days after the first dose
  • This requirement may be waived if you have lab test results showing that you are immune to chicken pox OR if you have a document from your health care provider stating that you have had chicken pox disease

If there is a medical reason why you cannot receive any of the above vaccines, an explanatory note from a qualified health care provider must be attached to the health examination form.

Meningitis

For students living in on-campus housing: Connecticut State Law (Public Act No. 01-93) now requires vaccination against meningococcal disease and meningitis for all students residing in on-campus housing. Also, as of 2010, the CDC recommends a booster shot for those students who received their first meningitis vaccine more than five years before starting college.

If there is a medical reason why you cannot receive the meningitis vaccination, an explanatory note from a qualified health care provider must be attached to the health examination form.

The following requirements and recommendations apply only to FULL TIME students:

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis 

Students must show evidence of having received an adult tetanus booster within 10 years prior to admission.

Polio

It is recommended that all entering students have received a full complement of polio immunizations before 18 years of age, as recommended by their own health care providers, state health departments, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the ACIP, and the CDC. Routine immunization of those 18 years of age or over in the United States is not recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Completion of the three-shot series of hepatitis B vaccine is highly recommended, but it is not required.

If there is a medical reason why you cannot receive any of the above, an explanatory note from a qualified health care provider must be attached to the health examination form.

Vaccinations for measles, mumps & rubella (MMR), tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (DTap), meningitis, hepatitis B and hepatitis A are available at the Student Health Service for a fee.

 

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