The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a law that requires all students to provide documentation of immunizations, recent physical exam (within the past 12 months), and completed health forms. The immunization requirements are mandated by Massachusetts regulation 105 CMR 220.000. The regulation applies to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students.
Health forms must be completed by you and your health care provider and returned to Health Services by August 1 for all accepted students who will be starting classes in the fall and by January 1 for all accepted students who will be starting classes in the spring.
The current immunization requirements are listed below.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
Two doses of MMR vaccine given at least one month apart and on or after first birthday, or results of antibody titers proving immunity to measles (rubeola), mumps and rubella (lab results and interpretation MUST be included).
Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine: second dose given 1-2 months after the first, and third dose 4-6 months after the first.
A blood test report documenting a positive antibody titer (HbsAB) will also be accepted (lab results and interpretation MUST be included).
Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td or Tdap)
Tetanus-Diphtheria booster vaccine within the past 10 years. One dose of Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) vaccine is required within the past 10 years.
One dose Meningococcal vaccine (either Menomune or Menactra) within the past five years is required for all resident students up to the age of 21. This regulation applies to all resident students whether part-time or full-time. Although rare, meningitis can be life-threatening. Vaccination is required because the incidence of meningitis disease is slightly higher among the college population and the vaccine is safe and effective against a significant proportion of cases. Please read the page with information from the Department of Public Health about meningitis and the meningococcal vaccine. If, after reading this material, you decide you do not want the vaccine, you can sign the waiver declining the vaccine and return the form to Health Services. The American College Health Association recommends this vaccine, especially for freshmen living in the dorms.
Two doses of Varicella vaccine given at least one month apart if age 13 or older, or after first birthday and 2nd dose at least 3 months after first, or results of antibody titer proving immunity to chickenpox (varicella) (lab results and interpretation MUST be included), or health care providers written documentation of history of disease of chickenpox.
All students are required to complete the Tuberculosis Risk Questionnaire included in the Health Forms packet. A tuberculin skin test (Mantoux Test/Intermediate PPD) is required if:
- You were born or traveled in Africa, Asia (except Japan), Central/South America, Mexico, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean or the Middle East
- You or a household member have HIV or use intravenous drugs
- You have worked in a high-risk congregate setting such as a prison, long-term care facility, homeless shelter, etc.
Whenever possible, such immunizations are to be obtained prior to enrollment or registration. However, students subject to 105 CMR 220.600 may be enrolled or registered provided that the required immunizations are obtained within 30 days of registration and provided, further, that the postsecondary institution has policies and procedures for ascertaining which students have failed to obtain the necessary immunizations within 30 days, and for taking appropriate follow-up action to ensure compliance.
For students who graduated from a high school in Massachusetts, they should have had already had all of the required vaccinations except the one for meningitis. Out-of-state students should review their records carefully, as frequently there are fewer requirements outside of Massachusetts. Students should bring their forms to their health care provider for review and schedule any needed immunizations as a soon as possible.
Vaccine Information Statements (opens in new window)