Immunization Compliance

Immunization

The General Assembly of Tennessee requires entering students to complete an immunization compliance process.

 

Active service members or veterans can submit their Military ID or DD 2214 to clear these immunization requirements.

 

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 (Chicken Pox)

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.

 

Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)

Entering students 22 years and older OR who transfer from another institution of higher learning do not have to provide proof of adequate vaccination against meningococcal disease.

 

Adequate proof consists of documentation from a health care provider showing a single dose of conjugate vaccine (Menactra®, Menveo®, and MenHibrix®) given on or after the 16th birthday. If your initial vaccine for meningitis was given prior to the age of 16 years, immunization requirements will not be met unless an additional booster vaccine is given after your 16th birthday. This is in accordance with the "Recommended Immunization Schedule" published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Meningococcal Serogroup B Vaccine is not currently required but is recommended. The two vaccines currently licensed for use in persons aged 10-25 are Bexsero® and Trumenba®.

 

You can obtain more information regarding vaccination against meningococcal disease at Meningococcal Vaccines for Preteens, Teens.

 

Students must also acknowledge they have been informed of the risk factors and dangers of meningococcal disease.

 

Notice of Information

Students are not required to provide documentation of vaccination against hepatitis b; but MUST acknowledge they have been informed of the risk factors and dangers by completing the Notice of Information.

 

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.

 

Click here  for submission information.

 

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

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