Immunization Requirements

The Illinois Department of Public Health college immunization code (77 Ill. Adm.Code 694) requirements are:

  • Three (3) vaccines that contain Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, one of which must be Tdap vaccine.  The last dose of vaccine must be within 10 years. Vaccines must be at appropriate intervals (#1 and #2 at least 28 days apart, #3 no less than 6 months after #2).  Tetanus Toxoid (TT, or Tetanus) is not acceptable.
  • Two (2) Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) valid vaccines after the first birthday, at least 28 days apart. If students are unable to provide proof of vaccines, serologic evidence (IGG antibody titers), copy of lab report to prove positive immunity is acceptable.
  • One (1) Meningococcal conjugate vaccine after the age of 16 for newly admitted students starting spring 2017 under the age of 22. Meningitis or Meningococcal vaccinations are not acceptable.

Due Dates

Fall term enrollment: August 1st
Spring term enrollment: January 1st
Summer term enrollment: June 1st

Failure to provide the required documentation by the tenth day of the semester will result in a late processing fee and registration hold. You will be notified at your NIU ZID email account if any documentation information is incomplete. 

Document Submission

You can submit verified documents from your high school, university or college as well as your health care provider, or you can use the NIU Immunization History form. Please contact us if you would like a copy of the form that would be filled out by your physician. You would then submit it to us when completed.

  • Fax documents to 815-753-9910 or 815-753-9599 or
  • Mail to: Northern Illinois University, Health Services, Immunization Office, DeKalb, IL 60115-2828 or
  • Bring into Health Services, Immunization office room 23.

Your records are not complete until they have been reviewed and verified by Health Services

You will be notified via your NIU Z-ID email account of your immunization status upon receipt and review. Please note that a physical examination is not required for admission.

Immunizations are available at the Health Services Preventive Medicine clinic on a walk-in basis. NIU Student Health Insurance does cover the cost of immunizations. Health Services does not provide third-party billing for non-Student Health Insurance plans. Please call 815-753-9585 for hours and current fee information.

Exemptions and Assistance

Contact the Immunization Office 815-753-9585 or Health Services 815-753-1311 for exemption information, e.g. students born before January 1, 1957, medical or religious. Note: re-entering students must contact Health Services to verify current immunization status.


Failure to comply with the above State of Illinois Immunization requirements will result in a late processing fee and registration hold.