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Attention: All Incoming Students

Penn State’s Health Policy requires that you provide documentation of appropriate immunizations.

Vaccination information

New students coming in to PSU are required to have 2 MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) and ACHA (American College Health Association) have recommended this. This is only for new, first-time PSU students. This requirement does not affect current students or students who have been enrolled at PSU and are re-enrolling.

Students born before 1957 are presumed to be immune and do not need to meet the MMR requirement.

University Health Services will accept documentation of positive titres, but will not accept a diagnosis of the disease.

If you have not had the second MMR, you must get it from a health care provider. You may also contact the Public Health Office in Jackson Center to receive this immunization. A time must be scheduled by calling (724) 662-4000 beforehand.

Procedure

Students must log onto a secure website to self-report their immunization records. All Shenango campus students will need to complete the immunization form online. The immunization form is the only Health Services form that Shenango students are required to complete. The website location to do this is studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/immunizations/. Click on "submit your immunizations online at myUHS," which can be found at the end of the first paragraph. Students must also complete the online health history form through myUHS.

Exemptions

Students can request an exemption from the immunization requirements if there is a medical contraindication or if religious or philosophical belief prohibits immunizations. A request for exemption can be submitted by email to Nancy Lambert, RN. Please include your PSU ID#, date of birth and campus information in your email. Please note that students granted an exemption will be notified in the unlikely event of a measles and/or mumps outbreak and will have the option of receiving a vaccine at that time or will be advised to leave the Penn State campus until the outbreak is over.

Additional Immunizations

While it is not required, we strongly recommend a tuberculin skin test within the past two years and immunizations against tetanus/diphtheria, polio, hepatitis B, varicella (if you haven’t had chickenpox), and menomune. Other recommended immunizations include influenza (flu) vaccine and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (Gardasil/cervarix).

Questions regarding this or any other health-related topic should be directed to the Student Affairs Office in Sharon Hall 103 or by calling (724) 983-2836.