The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Department of Public Health 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 and students in a health services field (patient contact)..
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. Students must be compliant with all health requirements PRIOR to entrance, or they may not be permitted to move into residence halls or begin classes.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Hepatitis B
- Tetanus-Diphteria (TD or TDAP)
- Meningococcal Vaccine
- Tuberculosis Screening
Two (2) doses of MMR vaccine given at least one month apart and on or after first birthday, OR
*Two doses of measles vaccine and two doses of mumps vaccine and one dose of rubella vaccine, separately, OR
*The results of antibody titers proving immunity to measles (rubeola), mumps and rubella (lab results and interpretation MUST be included). Contact your healthcare provider to arrange for blood testing.
Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine: second dose given 1-2 months after the first, and third dose 4-6 months after the first, OR
*A blood test report documenting a positive antibody titer (HbsAB) will also be accepted (lab results and interpretation MUST be included). Contact your healthcare provider to arrange for testing.
Two doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) 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 provider's written documentation of history of disease of chickenpox.
*No documentation is required if you were born in the United States before 1980
Students age 21 years and younger: One dose Meningococcal vaccine (ACWY) on or after 16th birthday OR a meningococcal waiver. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires a recent Meningococcal ACWY vaccine OR complete a Meningococcal Waiver Form prior to entrance to college.
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. Need more information? Please see detailed 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.
New Students Enrollment Requirements
New enrolled students are required to complete the following forms:
Contact your healthcare provider for your immunization records and a recent physical exam. You may also try to contact schools and colleges or other post-secondary institutions you attended for your immunization records. Some employers may have this information, as well. Most states and some cities have centralized registries of vaccinations. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a listing of these registry contacts.