The Illinois Department of Public Health College Immunization Code (77 Ill. Adm.Code 694) requires all domestic and international students have the following vaccines:

  • 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 six 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 you are unable to provide proof of vaccines, serologic evidence (IGG antibody titers), a 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.

Additional information about meningococcal disease is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Read about meningococcal disease on the department's website or download a brochure, Meningococcal Disease: What Parents and Students Need to Know.

Due Dates

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer June 1

Document Submission

You can obtain copies of your immunization records from

Our NIU Immunization History form is provided here for your reference and if you choose to take it to your provider for completion.

  • Scan and email to or
  • Fax documents to 815-753-9599 or
  • Mail to: Northern Illinois University, Immunization Compliance and Records Office, DeKalb, IL 60115-2828 or
  • Bring into the Health Services Building, Immunization Compliance and Records Office on the second floor

Exemptions and Assistance

Contact the Immunization Compliance and Records Office at 815-753-9585 for exemption information, (e.g., students born before 1/1/1957), medical or religious. Note: re-entering students must contact the Immunization Compliance and Records Office to verify current immunization status.


Failure to comply with the above State of Illinois immunization requirements will result in a registration hold. Compliance with this requirement is not associated with any other immunization requirement for college or program associated with Northern Illinois University. Please contact your department for all other requirements.

International Students

All international students are required to comply with the immunization requirements listed above. International students are also required to have Tuberculosis (Tb) screening at the Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center at NIU. Please contact their office at 815-306-2777 to make up an appointment.

Contact Us

Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center at NIU
815-306-2778 (fax)

Immunization Compliance and Records
Immunization: 815-753-9585
Records: 815-753-9578
Fax: 815-753-9599

Student Health Insurance
815-753-9599 (fax)

Aetna's Informed Health® Line1-800-556-1555

Location and Hours

Health Services Building
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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