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.

Required Immunizations for incoming Fall and Spring students 2015-2016.
Deadline for incoming 2015 students to submit immunization records is July 1, 2015.

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Required Immunizations Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

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As a condition of enrollment, all full-time students and all students living in campus housing must meet the following requirements.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in denial of student registration privileges.

Hepatitis B

  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine are required.  Doses 1 and 2 must be administered at least 4 weeks apart.  Dose 3 should be at least 6 months after the 1st  dose and 8 weeks after the 2nd dose or a blood test showing immunity

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • 2 doses of MMR vaccine are required. Dose 1 must be administered after the 1st birthday.  Dose 2 must be administered at least 4 weeks after the 1st dose. OR Blood test showing immunity

 Varicella (Chicken Pox)

  • 2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine are required.  They must be administered at least 4 weeks apart. OR Blood test showing immunity OR History of chicken pox disease

 Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)

  • 1 dose of Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis) vaccine is required, and must be dated 2005 or later.
  • Td (tetanus-diphtheria) vaccine does not satisfy this requirement.
  • Td vaccine booster is also required if Tdap is older than 10 years.

Meningococcal

  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4, such as Menactra or Menveo) administered since age 16 is required of all incoming students living in campus housing who are age 21 or younger.
  • 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.
  • Incoming students living on campus who are age 22 or older may submit either proof of vaccination or a Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver. 

Note:  Tuberculosis

  • The University performs TB screening of all incoming students using an online TB Risk Screening form.  If TB testing is indicated by this screening tool, you will be notified by the Immunization Compliance Office for further steps.

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


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.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 215 746-3535 option #4 or email immun@pobox.upenn.edu. Please do not email us your immunization records as they will not be processed.

You can visit us at:

The Immunization Compliance office
Student Health Services
3535 Market street, Suite 100
Philadelphia PA 19104