Immunization Compliance

Students who fail to comply with this process will lose their classes and will be prevented from moving into on-campus housing facilities.

 

Immunization

You must complete this process even if you meet one of the exemptions below. 

The General Assembly of Tennessee requires first time students to provide proof of immunity or immunization for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and Varicella (Chicken Pox).  State law also mandates that incoming students be informed of risk factors and dangers of hepatitis B.

 

**Effective July 1, 2013 new incoming students who live in on-campus housing are required to also provide proof of immunization against meningococcal disease.

 

Adequate immunization for each required vaccine or vaccine component consists of the following:


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Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • Measles:  two doses of measles containing vaccine administered at least 28 days apart and no earlier than 4 days before the first birthday OR laboratory evidence of immunity.
  • Mumps: two doses of mumps containing vaccine administered at least 28 days apart and no earlier than 4 days before the first birthday OR laboratory evidence of immunity.
  • Rubella:  two doses of rubella containing vaccine administered at least 28 days apart and no earlier than 4 days before the first birthday OR laboratory evidence of immunity.

Varicella

Varicella: two doses of varicella containing vaccine administered at least 28 days apart and no earlier than 4 days before the first birthday OR laboratory evidence of immunity OR verified history of varicella disease documented by a physician, advanced practice nurse, physician's assistant or health department.

Hepatitis B

Students are not required to provide documentation of immunization; but must  acknowledge they have been informed of the risk factors and dangers of hepatitis b. Please CLICK HERE.

Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)

New incoming students who live in on-campus housing: must provide proof of adequate immunization against meningococcal disease within 5 years of their date of enrollment. This is in accordance with the "Recommended Immunization Schedule" published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

A "new incoming student" is defined as a student enrolling in an institution of higher learning for the first time, regardless of the level at which the student is matriculating.

 

Therefore, students who transfer from an institution of higher learning are not required to provide documentation for meningococcal disease.

 

Students who do not live in on-campus housing must acknowledge they have been informed of the risk factors and dangers of meningococcal disease. Please CLICK HERE.

Exemptions

A student is exempt from the immunization requirements if:

  • He/She is a distant learning student.
  •      OR

  • He/She was born BEFORE January 1, 1957 – this exemption applies ONLY to the MMR requirement.
  •      OR

  • He/She was born BEFORE January 1, 1980 – this exemption applies ONLY to the Varicella requirement.
  •      OR

  • A physician licensed by the Board of Medical Examiners, the Board of Osteopathic Examiners, or a Health Department determines that a particular vaccine is contraindicated for one or more of the following reasons:
    • The individual meets the criteria for contraindication set forth in the manufacturer’s vaccine package insert;
    • The individual meets the criteria for contraindication published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control or the ACIP; or
    • In the best professional judgment of the physician, based upon the individual’s condition and history, the risk of harm from the vaccine outweighs the potential benefit.

         OR

  • A student, or the student’s parent or guardian if the student is a minor, provides to the university a written statement, affirmed under the penalties of perjury, that vaccinations conflict with his or her religious belief and practices.
    Click here for the Religious Exemption Form

 

A student who has been exempted from a particular vaccination must comply with the immunization requirements for any vaccines from which he or she has not been exempted.

 

You can obtain your immunization records from a variety of sources including your primary care provider, your local health department, your high school, and previously attended colleges or universities.  A copy of an official immunization record is also acceptable.

CLICK HERE  for submission information.

 

Questions can be directed to shcs@utm.edu or by calling 731-881-7721.

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Immunization Compliance

The General Assembly of Tennessee requires first time students to provide proof of immunity or immunization for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and Varicella (Chicken Pox).

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