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Immunizations and New Student Requirements

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These web pages will outline the immunization records and other health information required of entering undergraduate and graduate students. Please follow the instructions in the appropriate section below:

  • Undergraduate students including Dix Scholars, transfer students and students in the undergraduate Health Sciences programs
  • Graduate students not in the Health Sciences
  • Graduate students in the Health Sciences

Note also that all graduate and undergraduate students enrolled for nine or more credits must demonstrate that they have health insurance. See the Health Insurance While at School section of this web site for more information.

If you have any questions about these health requirements please do not hesitate to contact the Health Center at 617-521-1020. We appreciate your cooperation.

Undergraduate Requirements

The following immunizations are required by Massachusetts law for all full time entering undergraduate students including transfer students, and both full and part time undergraduate Health Science students

  • 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines, the first given no earlier than one year after birth and the second at least 1 month after the first, or serology tests (titers) for measles, mumps and rubella that demonstrate immunity
  • 1 Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, pertussis) booster. A Td (tetanus, diptheria) booster may be substituted if given within the past 5 years
  • Three hepatitis B vaccines or a hepatitis B serology test (titer) that demonstrates immunity. A two dose adolescent series is also acceptable
  • Two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines or a history of varicella verified by your health care provider, or a varicella titer that demonstrates immunity
  • A meningitis vaccine or a signed meningitis waiver if you plan to live on campus. Please note that it is necessary to have either the vaccine or a signed waiver in order to receive your room key upon arrival. Signing the waiver as allowed by state regulation does not prevent you from receiving the vaccine at a later date, and in fact, we recommend that you do so.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health strongly suggests TB testing (PPD) for students who are at increased risk for exposure to tuberculosis. Please download and review the TB Risk Questionnaire below. If you have answered "yes" to any of the questions please bring the form to your health care provider for review.

Additional requirements for full and part time undergraduate health science students

Although not required by law, health science students who will have clinical placements will need to have:

  • A rubella titer demonstrating immunity
  • A varicella titer demonstrating immunity or 2 varicella vaccines (a history of varicella will not be accepted)
  • ATdap vaccine (Td vaccine within past five years will not be accepted) 

Instructions for Filing Undergraduate Records:

In order to have your complete health record on file at school, we ask that you download and submit the 6 page Health Certificate below which will put you in compliance with school policy and state law. Completed pages must be returned to the Health Center by fax or mail before your arrival at school. The Health Center address and fax number is on each page to be submitted. Please note that these pages cannot be completed electronically on line. If you do not have access to a computer to dowload the form please call us at 617-521-1020. We recommend that you keep a copy of your completed forms for your records.

The following should be competed by you and returned to the Health Center:

  • Entrance Health Certificate cover page 
  • Meningitis waiver form (2 pages)

The following three pages should be completed by your health care provider and returned to the Health Center:

  • Undergraduate immunization form
  • Provider health assessment form  (a physical exam is not required)
  • Tuberculosis risk questionnaire:  to be completed by you and reviewed by your health care provider

If you have any questions please get in touch with the Health Center at (617) 521-1020.

Instructions for Graduate Students not in Health Science Programs:

All full time gradute students are required by law to file a record of their immunizations with the Health Center. If you are starting as a part time student and plan to be a full time student before completing your graduate program, please complete these immunization requirements at this time. Immunizations required for graduate students not in Health Science programs are:

  • Two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines, the first given no earlier than one year after birth and the second at least 1 month after the first, or serology tests (titers) for measles, mumps and rubella that demonstrate immunity
  • One Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, pertussis) booster or a tetanus booster within the last 10 years.
  • Three hepatitis B vaccines or a hepatitis B serology test (titer) that demonstrates immunity.
  • A meningitis vaccine or a signed meningitis waiver if you plan to live on campus. Please note that it is necessary for you to have the vaccine or a signed waiver in order to receive your room key on arrival. Signing the waiver, as allowed by state regulation, does not prevent you from receiving the vaccine at a later date, and in fact we recommend that you do so.

We request that you review the TB risk questionaire and file if applicable. Also, please note that if you have difficulty locating your immunization records, a titer (blood test) demonstrating immunity may be subsituted for both the MMR and Hepatitis B immunizations.

Please download and complete these forms below. Completed forms must be returned to the Health Center by fax or mail before your arrival at school. The Health Center address and fax number is on each form to be submitted. Please note that these forms cannot be completed electronically on line. If you do not have access to a computer to download the forms or if you have any questions, please call us at 617-521-1020. We recommend that you keep a copy of your completed forms for your records.

Instructions for Graduate Students in the Health Sciences

All full and part time graduate students in Health Science programs (nursing, physical therapy, nutrition) are required to complete the following immunization reqirements:

  • 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines, the first given no earlier than one year after birth and the second at least 1 month after the first, or serology tests (titers) for measles, mumps and rubella that demonstrate immunity
  • 1 Tdap (tetanus, diptheria, pertussis) booster.
  • Three hepatitis B vaccines or a hepatitis B serology test (titer) that demonstrates immunity.
  • Two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines or a varicella titer that demonstrates immunity (a history of varicella is not sufficient)
  • A rubella titer demonstrating immunity
  • A meningitis vaccine or a signed meningitis waiver if you are planning to live on campus. (Meningitis waiver form available above.)  Please note that it is necessary to have either the vaccine or a signed waiver in order to receive your room key on arrival. Signing the waiver, as allowed by state regulation, does not prevent you from receiving the vaccine at a later date and in fact we recommend that you do so. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health strongly suggests TB testing (PPD) for students who are at increased risk for exposure to tuberculosis. Please download and review the TB Risk Questionnaire below. If you have answered "yes" to any of the questions please bring the form to your health care provider for review.

Graduate health science immunization form will be sent by your program to you for completion.

Hours

Call ahead to make an appointment. Same day appointments are available for urgent care.

During the academic year, the Health Center is open during the following hours:

Monday - Friday:
9:00am to 5:00pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

To contact a health provider after hours for urgent care call Simmons Public Safety at 617-521-1112

Call the Health Center for hours during vacations and holidays, and during the summer months
617-521-1002

Location

Residence Campus
Health Center
94 Pilgrim Road
Boston, MA 02215

Contact

Phone: 617-521-1002

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