Required Immunizations

Policy Approval Authority President
Responsible Division Division of Student Affairs
Responsible University Office Health Services
Responsible Officer(s) Director of Health Services
Contact Person Andrew Digate, adigate1@niu.edu
Primary Audience Faculty
Staff
Student
Status Active
Effective Adoption Date 07-08-2014
Last Review Date 10-24-2018
Policy Category/Categories Campus Safety / Security
Student Affairs

All students enrolled in on-campus location class are required to provide written evidence of immune status with respect to certain communicable diseases or evidence of exemption from this requirement as required by Illinois law (Public Act 85-1315).

Procedure

  • Specific information can be found on the State of Illinois College Immunization website, ftp://www.ilga.gov/jcar/admincode/077/07700694sections.html 
  • Students are notified at the time of admission of the immunization requirements. This information is listed in admissions catalogs, emails or letters from undergraduate admissions, graduate school or law school.
  • Any student with incomplete immunization records after the tenth day of the official start of the semester will be assessed a late processing fee and will be encumbered from registration for any subsequent semester.

  • The following schedule of immunizations constitutes compliance with the requirements:

    • 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 threage of 16 for newly admitted students starting spring 2017 under the age of 22. Meningitis or meningococcal vaccinations are not acceptable.

Exceptions to this rule are:

  • Persons born before 1957 are exempt from the MMR requirement.
  • Religious exemption.
  • Medical exemption.
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