Immunization Requirements for College Attendance

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Please be sure to read all content on this page as it contains important information that applies to all students who plan to enroll in six or more credit hours per semester on the Romeoville campus. These requirements are for university attendance and are separate from any athletic or academic program requirements.

It is the student’s responsibility to submit their immunization records directly to Health Services before the compliance deadline. Student ID number must be included on all records submitted.

Immunization Compliance Deadline
Fall semester: September 1        
Spring semester: February 1

Students who have not submitted proof of the required immunizations directly to Health Services by the compliance deadline will have a Health Services registration hold placed which will prevent any schedule changes or future class registration. The hold cannot be removed until ALL requirements have been met.

A non-refundable $50.00 Health Services fine will be applied to the account of any student who has not met the requirements by the end of the grace period:
Fall semester: Grace period ends on the last business day of the first week of October
Spring semester: Grace period ends on the last business day of the the first week of March

Proof of the immunizations listed below must be received by Health Services before the compliance deadline. Students returning to Lewis University to begin a graduate degree program should submit a Returning Student Immunization Status Request to determine if any previous records meet current requirements

IIllinois Department of Public Health College Immunization Requirements

Students who enroll in at least six credit hours on the Romeoville campus during a single semester are required to submit proof of the following:

  1. Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Requirement:
    Proof of a current Tdap vaccination received within the past 10 years plus at least two previous doses of any of the following vaccines: DTP, DTaP, DT, Td, or Tdap (these can be childhood doses). **Tdap vaccinations are valid for 10 years and a proof of a current dose must be kept on file with Health Services throughout attendance.

    Students who cannot provide proof of three doses may complete the Tetanus Vaccine Catch-up Schedule which can be found at the following link: https://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2055.pdf

  2. Measles – Mumps – Rubella Requirement:
    Proof of at least two doses of MMR vaccine after age one.
    Students who cannot provide proof of immunization may submit laboratory evidence of immunity (titers); the laboratory report including reference ranges must be submitted.

    Individuals born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the MMR vaccine requirement.

  3. Meningococcal Conjugate (Men ACWY) Requirement:
    Proof of at least one dose received at age 16 or older.
    This applies only to students age 21 and younger on the first day of classes.
HOW TO SUBMIT RECORDS

Records must be submitted directly to Health Services and include the student ID number.

**As of March 19, 2020 and until further notice: immunization records are accepted only via e-mail attachment at healthservices@lewisu.edu. We are unable to accept records via fax, hand delivery, or mail at this time. Please check back for updated information or e-mail us with any questions; current students must include their student ID number with any questions about immunization compliance.

Records submitted via e-mail must be in the format of a PDF or photo attachment. The records will be reviewed by the nurses and students will be notified by e-mail if they do not meet the requirements.

Acceptable records include:

  • A summary of immunizations obtained from your primary care provider

  • An immunization history record from high school or other educational institution.

  • Students with access to a My Chart portal through their primary care provider may download and submit an electronic immunization history record from their portal.

  • Military Veterans/Active Reserve: You may submit your military vaccination record which may be accessible through one of the following sites:

    If you are unable to obtain your record and have no childhood/high school immunization records, please contact Health Services by e-mail at healthservices@lewisu.edu.

  • The Incoming Student Immunization History Form can be completed by your healthcare provider.
    (Available to download or print from the forms section of our webpage.)
    This form must be completed and signed/stamped by a licensed healthcare provider.

All records must be in English or include a certified translation to English.

I do not have records of all required vaccinations. What are my options?

  • Check with your elementary or high school. High schools in the United States are required to maintain immunization records for up to 60 years.

  • All required vaccinations are available through primary care providers, at retail pharmacies, walk-in clinics, and public health departments, and may be covered by health insurance. Re-vaccination will be necessary without documented proof of previous vaccination.

  • Request vaccination records from previous healthcare providers. Because Tdap vaccination is recommended during every pregnancy, women who have had a child within the past 10 years may have proof of a current Tdap vaccination on file with their obstetrician’s office.

  • Talk to your health care provider about a blood test (serology testing, titer testing) for IgG antibodies against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titers). Positive titers are acceptable to meet the MMR requirement. The laboratory report must be submitted and include the reference ranges for testing performed. If results are negative for immunity, the series of two MMR vaccinations spaced at least 28 days apart is required.

  • Titer testing and vaccines are available by appointment in Health Services for currently enrolled students. Charges for these services are applied to the student account. **As of March 19, 2020 these services will not be available until further notice.
Additional Information and Resources

College Immunization Code:
http://ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/077006940B01000R.html
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07700694ZZ9996cR.html

CDC Vaccine Information for Adults: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/index.html



As a courtesy, Health Services will notify currently enrolled students via their Lewis e-mail address approximately two weeks in advance of an expiring Tdap vaccination. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure Health Services has a current dose on file. Proof of a booster dose must be on file with Health Services before the next semester deadline in order to remain compliant with the immunization requirements. Hold and fine policies will apply to students with expired tetanus vaccination after the immunization compliance deadline

A booster dose with Td (tetanus-diphtheria) is acceptable for individuals who have record of at least one Tdap at age 11 or older. However, Tdap is recommended for health care professionals and anyone having close contact with infants younger than 12 months. Check with your program of study for any specific immunization requirements.

All students are notified in advance of these requirements through admission communications, the Health Services public webpage, admitted student portal, the student handbook, and student orientation and registration communications and events (SOAR). Please contact us by e-mail with any questions: healthservices@lewisu.edu.