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Immunization Requirements

UMass Dartmouth requires that all  incoming full-time students, all health science majors, as well as all international and residential students, submit documentation of:

  1. Two doses of live measles vaccine given at least 1 month apart beginning after 12 months of age; initial vaccines must be after 1967.  A positive titer can be accepted in lieu of vaccination. With the exception of health science majors, students born in the USA before 1957 are considered immune.
  2. Two doses of mumps vaccine given at least 1 month apart beginning after 12 months of age; initial vaccines must be after 1967. A positive titer can be accepted in lieu of vaccination.  With the exception of health science majors, students born in the USA before 1957 are considered immune.
  3. Two doses of rubella vaccine given at least 1 month apart beginning after 12 months of age; initial vaccines must be after 1967. a positive titer can be accepted in lieu of vaccination.  With the exception of health science majors, students born in the USA before 1957 are considered immune.
  4. A Tdap booster. 
  5. Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine. A positive titer can be accepted in lieu of vaccination.
  6. Two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine given after 12 months of age and at least 4 weeks between doses. A positive titer or a health care provider's documentation of the student having had the illness can be accepted in lieu of vaccination. With the exception of health science majors, students born in the USA before 1980 are considered immune.
  7. All residential students must provide documentation of having received meningitis  or sign a waiver declining vaccination.

The Immunization Form

You will enter the mandatory immunization information and a TB exposure history  on the immunization form (see health forms).

These immunizations are required by June 1st (all students) or August 15th (late acceptances) for Fall acceptance, and January 15th for Spring acceptance, or 30 days after acceptance. Failure to comply will adversely affect your admission, result in a hold on your registration, and residential students will not be allowed into the residence halls. Please mail in your records by the due dates.

The meningitis vaccine is not  available in the Health office. The meningitis vaccine, however, is typically made available through flu shot clinic runs offered at UMass Dartmouth in the fall.  Consider checking with your physician, the local public health department, travel clinics, or your local hospital (occupational health).

Residential students

All new residential students must either receive the meningitis vaccine or sign a meningitis waiver (see health forms) before they can reside on campus and attend school. All students living on campus must have these documents in the Health Office by June 1st (all students) or August 15th (late acceptances) for Fall acceptance, and January 15th for Spring acceptance, or 30 days after acceptance.

All Residential students (full-time, part-time, continuing education, matriculated and non-matriculated) MUST comply with all of the above immunization requirements.

*Note: Non-matriculated, continuing education students who live in the residence halls must comply with the immunization requirement; however, they are not eligible to use Health Services unless they pay a health fee.

Most students have a record of having these injections at their physician's office or their high school. If records cannot be found, Health Services can re-immunize. Vaccines are charged to your insurance.  If your insurance does not have a contract with Student Health Services, you must pay the cost of the vaccine. These immunizations are only available during the academic semester. Please put money on your UMass Pass card (use the "UMDollars" account), and call Health Services for an appointment.

Nursing and Med Lab Science majors

Nursing majors and Med Lab Science majors must have all of the above requirements for both full-time and part-time students.

Failure to comply

Effective now, failure to comply will result in residential students losing their housing to persons on the waiting list, and all students will have classes dropped from his or her academic schedule, just prior to the start of classes.

Flu clinics

Every fall in late October or early November, we offer flu vaccines through a vendor. The day and times are advertised through university emails and the web calendar.

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