- Immunization Policy
Please review the official IU immunization policy here.
- Immunization Requirements
All immunization documentation must be in English. We are unable to translate documents. If you need documentation translated, Indiana University has collaborated with Luna Translation Services, though documentation that has been translated by other professional translation services is also acceptable.
Indiana University is in the process of updating the immunization system. Immunization forms will be made available to incoming students soon.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
From the CDC's official website:
“CDC recommends that people get MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella. Children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults also should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination. Children may also get MMRV vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). This vaccine is only licensed for use in children who are 12 months through 12 years of age.
Students at post-high school educational institutions who do not have evidence of immunity need two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.”
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)
From the CDC's official website:
"CDC recommends diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination for everyone. Vaccines used today against diphtheria and tetanus (i.e., DT and Td) sometimes also include protection against whooping cough (i.e., DTaP and Tdap). Two of these (DTaP and DT) are given to children younger than 7 years old, while two (Tdap and Td) are given to older children and adults.
For adults who did not get Tdap as a preteen or teen, they should get one dose of Tdap in place of a Td dose to boost protection against whooping cough. However, adults who need protection against whooping cough can get Tdap at any time, regardless of when they last got Td.”
Link to the official CDC website:
- Current students are only required to acknowledge that information regarding the risks associated with meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination have been reviewed to be compliant.
- Starting Fall 2018, first year students aged 21 or younger will have to be immunized with one dose of MenACWY (MCV4) on or after their 16th birthday. Additionally, first year students aged 23 or younger will have to be immunized with two doses of MenB. For more information on the upcoming changes to meningitis compliance visit the meningitis section below.
Link to the official CDC website:
- All international students must provide documentation of TB testing in the United States.
From the CDC's official website:
"CDC recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults. Children should receive two doses of the vaccine—the first dose at 12 through 15 months old and a second dose at 4 through 6 years old.
People 13 years of age and older who have never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine should get two doses, at least 28 days apart."
- Meningitis Compliancy for 2018-2019
Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis, an infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. While rare, the condition is very serious and can be deadly. If untreated it can have a fatality rate up to 50% (10-15% if properly treated) and death can occur in as little as a few hours.
There are several types of bacteria that can cause meningitis. The predominate bacterium of concern for adolescents and young adults is called Neisseria meningitides. There are at least 12 types of N. meningitides, called ‘serogroups’. Serogroups A, B, C, W and Y cause most meningococcal disease. Adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years old are considered at an increased risk for the disease.
Why is IU adding meningococcal immunizations to their requirements for first year students?
The Indiana General Assembly passed a law in 2017 that takes effect beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The law requires universities with residential campuses to include meningitis immunization in their immunization standards. This new law will further promote public health and prevent disease in our university community. IU is requiring immunizations that cover the MenACWY (also known as MCV4) and MenB serogroups.
Who else is doing this?
All residential universities in Indiana will have to require some form of a meningitis immunization. Most states, including Indiana, currently require the MenACWY (MCV4) immunization in high schools. MenB is currently a recommended immunization for 12th graders in Indiana and may be a requirement in the near future. In recent years the majority of meningococcal meningitis infections in Indiana have been serogroup B (72%). Therefore, IU and other major universities are now requiring MenB immunizations. This new requirement will help prevent infections in the university community.
How will this impact students?
Under the new requirements, first year students aged 21 or younger will have to be immunized with one dose of MenACWY (MCV4) on or after their 16th birthday. Additionally, first year students aged 23 or younger will have to be immunized with two doses of MenB.
Most high schools already require the MenACWY (MCV4) immunization and MenB is recommended for 12th graders in the state of Indiana. Students without MenB and MenACWY immunizations will have to obtain them either through their primary care physician, local clinic, or university health center.
- How to Comply
To access the Immunization Compliance Form, follow these steps:
- Visit https://One.IU.edu
- Log in using your Username and Passphrase
- Type “Immunization” in the search bar and hit enter
- Select the “Immunization Compliance” task from the search results
- Click the green Start button
- Provide the date of immunization and upload a document verifying the date
- If more detailed instructions are required, consult this step-by-step guide.
You will automatically be directed to the Immunization Compliance Form where you will have the ability to enter dates of immunization, provide supporting documentation, or submit documentation for medical and religious exemptions. All immunization documentation must be in English. We are unable to translate documents.
If your documents require translation, please use a professional translation service. Indiana University has collaborated with Luna Translation Services, though documentation that has been translated by other professional translation services is also acceptable.
What are the next steps?
For those who are able to provide all dates of vaccination and documents verifying the dates, your status will automatically be updated to compliant and the hold on your account will be lifted. No further action is required. You are now considered compliant at all IU campuses.
Students who provide dates that do not meet the immunization requirements as listed here will be prompted to make any corrections. Until all appropriate dates have been provided, a student is not compliant.
State of Indiana Official Immunization Records may be available for Indiana residents via self-service through MyVaxIndiana. The information provided by MyVaxIndiana is supplied by the Children and Hoosier’s Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP). For more information visit the MyVaxIndiana website or contact the following:
MyVaxIndiana Email: MyVaxIndiana@isdh.in.gov
CHIRP Help Desk Email: CHIRP@isdh.in.gov
CHIRP Help Desk Support: 1-888-227-4439
Consult your respective state's immunization registry program. For a list of registry programs by state, go here.
Failure to Comply
Non-compliance warnings for students who do not respond to the early request for immunization data will appear in the registration system when they register for classes and again by email. Registration for the next semester or session will be prevented for students who do not provide this required data. In order to maintain the confidentiality of medical record information, immunization data provided to offices other than the School of Nursing or the Center for Health Promotion cannot be used to comply with this state mandated requirement.
Once a student has completed the Immunization Compliance Form, the hold on their record should be released. Failure to comply with this requirement can cause students to be prohibited from registering for future terms.
- Common Vaccination Packages
MMR – This vaccine qualifies a student for compliancy for mumps, rubella, and one dose of measles.
DTaP – Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). Given prior to age seven. The DTaP vaccine does not make a student compliant.
TDaP – Booster vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). Usually given at age 11 or 12. This vaccine is required to be compliant.
Documentation from a medical provider is required if you cannot provide the month and year for immunizations due to one of the following:
- You have immunity because you had the disease. Proof of disease history (measles/rubella, mumps, or varicella only) is considered to be in full compliance with state law. A physician’s written statement is required to prove immunity.
- You have laboratory evidence of immune titer.
- You are contraindicated to a vaccine. If a medical contraindication (e.g., allergy to eggs, pregnancy, reaction to vaccine, participation in a current sequence of immunizations, etc.) exists, a written statement from a physician is required to document each specific medical contraindication.
A religious objection does not exempt a student from immunization unless the exemption is made in writing and signed by the student. Religious exemption letters can be returned in lieu of the completed Student Immunization Record form. Please note that students filing a religious exemption will be required to leave campus if an outbreak of any listed preventable disease occurs on or near campus.
How to Submit an Exemption
- Go to the Immunization Compliance form in Student Self-Service
- Select the type of exemption for the disease
- There will be a prompt to submit a file
- For medical exemptions, a statement from your then or current medical doctor will constitute compliancy. If that is not available, than a lab titer document will suffice.
- For religious exemptions, a written statement to the effect of, "It is against my religious beliefs to accept vaccinations," with a hand-written signature will suffice. A document with only a typed signature, or that purports to come from someone else will be disapproved.
- If further instruction is required, consult steps 6 - 11 on the Immunization Compliancy guide.
If I claim a religious exemption from one or all the required vaccinations, and an outbreak occurs on campus, what happens?
If there is an outbreak of any of the diseases IU seeks immunization against, university administrators will consult the database of students who claimed exemption, for religious or medical reasons, and contact them to advise them to leave campus immediately and not return until an “All clear” is given. Such actions are for the safety of students who have not been immunized, as they are at higher risk of becoming sick and further promoting an epidemic. At the time of such outbreak, students who formerly claimed exemption may seek to become immunized and present documentation of such immunization, to avoid the keep away notice.
I'm pregnant. I had some of my vaccinations as a child but not all, and in my current state, I should not take more immunizations. What do I do?
Ask your doctor or prenatal care provider to issue a statement confirming your pregnancy and the expected due date. You can upload that document to the Immunization Compliance Form to support your request for a Medical Exemption for the time being. The same precautions will apply to you during that time as with other kinds of medical or religious exemptions: should there be an outbreak on campus, and you have not been immunized, you will advised to leave campus immediately, and not return until an "All clear" is given.
- Campus Immunization Pages
Have a question specific to your campus? Click below to view each campus's immunization site: