Required Immunizations for incoming Fall and Spring students 2013-2014.

Deadline for incoming 2014 students to submit immunization records is January 31, 2014.

The University of Pennsylvania requires all incoming full-time and all students living in campus housing to be compliant with these requirements. Students will submit this information via a secure website.

Please view submission instructions here

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Required Immunizations Fall 2012 and Spring 2013

Please note: Students in health professional programs may have additional immunization requirements. Please check with your program administration.

Failure to meet the requirements will result in denial of student registration privileges.

Hepatitis B

  • Three doses are required. Doses one and two given four weeks apart are required for all matriculating students. All students will be required to have all three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine by their second semester. The third dose should be at least 4 to 6 months after second dose. OR
  • Blood test showing immunity

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): 

  • Two doses are required: Dose one of MMR must be administered after the first birthday, and the second given a minimum of four weeks later OR
  • Blood test showing immunity OR
  • Disease history for measles or mumps confirmed by doctor's record only; history of rubella is not accepted.

Varicella (Chicken Pox):

  • Two doses of chicken pox vaccine are required at least one month apart OR
  • Blood test verifying immunity OR
  • History of disease.

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis:

  • Incoming students must have proof of Tdap (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine) immunization. Td (Tetanus- Diphtheria) does not satisfy requirement. There is no minimum interval required between Tdap and a previous Td or other tetanus or diphtheria-containing vaccine.

Meningococcal: 

  • All incoming students living in campus housing and who are age 21 or younger must submit proof of one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4, such as Menactra or Menveo)* since age 16.
  • Incoming students living on campus who are over age 21 may either submit proof of vaccination since age 16 or submit the Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine is preferred although meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4, such as Menomune) is acceptable. At minimum, serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135 must be covered.

Tuberculosis:  

  • The University performs targeted TB testing. All students must complete the online TB Risk Screening form.
  • If TB testing is indicated by this screening tool you will be notified by the Immunization Compliance Office. Students may satisfy the TB testing requirement in one of 2 ways:

1) Submit a copy of the negative IGRA blood test for TB infection, such as Quantiferon-Gold or TSpotTB, within 12 months of entrance to Penn or

2) Make an appointment with the immunization nurse at Student Health Service (SHS) to have a TB skin test (PPD).

Please note: SHS DOES NOT ACCEPT TB SKIN TEST (PPD) RESULTS PLACED BY PROVIDERS OUTSIDE OF SHS. Students with documented TB history (positive test result, chest x-ray report, treatment, etc) can make an appointment with a nurse for review.


Exemptions from requirements:  Students may be exempted from the immunization requirements if there is a medical contraindication or if religious or philosophical belief prohibits immunizations. A signed statement indicating specific medical contraindication from a Medical Doctor, Osteopath, Nurse Practitioner or a Physician's Assistant is required for medical exemption. Students with religious or philosophical beliefs that prohibit them from immunization must submit a signed Declaration of Religious or Philosophical Objection form. This form may be requested by contacting the Office of Immunization Compliance. If the exemption includes meningococcal vaccine, the Meningococcal Waiver must also be submitted. The Online Student Health History and TB screening form still must be completed.

Other Resources:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The American College Health Association (ACHA)