Immunizations and Requirements for International Students


All students enrolled for classes on campus are required by Illinois Law (Public Act) 85-1315 and University Policy, to provide proof of immunity for tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella. Documentation of immunity must be complete and on file at Health Services before the 10th day of their first term enrolled on campus to avoid a late processing fee and registration hold.
Proof of Immunity must include:

  1. Tdap or Td (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis or tetanus, diphtheria): Foreign –born students must show proof of a series of three (3) DPT, Td or Tdap vaccines with at least one dose documented in the past 10 years.
  2. MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) two (2) vaccines given after one year of age at least 1 month apart and after May 1,1971.
  3. If measles, mumps or rubella vaccines were given separately; 2 measles immunizations given after one year of age and after January 1, 1968; one mumps immunization after one year of age and after January 1, 1968; one rubella immunization after one year of age and after January 1, 1970.
  4. Antibody titers to prove immunity for measles, mumps and rubella. A copy of the lab report, including reference range is required.

Document Submission:

Immunizations do NOT have to be submitted on our form. Physical examination is not required.
Vaccines administered outside the United States must be submitted with original documentation and is subject to approval upon receipt.
No electronic or photocopy of record is acceptable.

Tuberculosis Testing:

All nonimmigrant students enrolled in NIU are required to complete the mandatory TB Screening Questionnaire.  TB testing will be required for any international student who shows to be in the “high risk group” on the questionnaire (see attached form).
 This form will be provided to students upon their arrival at NIU orientation and the student will submit the original form to Preventive Medicine, signed and dated.
Any cost of compliance for immunizations or required testing is covered by Student Health Insurance.