Penn State University requires all degree-seeking students, domestic and international, to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella and recommends being fully immunized against varicella (chicken pox), pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza (flu). You must obtain an official copy of your immunization record from either your health care provider's office or a school record. You will need this information to accurately submit your immunizations online at myUHS.
Once submitted online, you must fax the official record to 814-865-9309 (Immunizations/Medical Records). Please also complete the Online Health History Form through myUHS.
There have been increasing numbers of cases of mumps, measles, chicken pox and whooping cough on college campuses in recent years. If there is an outbreak at Penn State and you are not fully compliant with the immunization requirements, you may need to receive additional vaccines, leave campus, or be restricted from class attendance for a period of time. In addition, after your arrival on campus, you will receive a questionnaire regarding tuberculosis (TB).
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
Penn State requires proof of certain standard immunizations, including the MMR vaccine. UHS has the MMR vaccine available to students who need it in order to meet the requirements.
Meningococcal (Bacterial) Meningitis Immunization
Penn State Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life (HFSL) requires that students acknowledge their awareness of the disease in their housing contract. For more information, please visit the HFSL Meningitis Vaccine page. University Health Services has the vaccine available for students.
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Two doses provide immunity. The vaccine is recommended for students who have never had chicken pox.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)-Tetanus-Diphtheria (Tdap) Vaccine
One dose provides immunity. The vaccine is recommended for all students.
Influenza (Flu) Vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all students receive the flu vaccine each year.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine (Gardasil/Cervarix)
Three doses are required for maximum protection. HPV Vaccine is recommended for all men and women of college age.
Vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, as well as Pneumovax (for pneumonia) are also available to students at UHS.
Exemptions from Requirements
Students can request an exemption from the immunization requirements if there is a medical contraindication or if religious or philosophical belief prohibits immunizations. A request for exemption can be submitted by email to Nancy Lambert, RN. Please include your PSU ID#, date of birth and campus information in your email. Please note that students granted an exemption will be notified in the unlikely event of a measles and/or mumps outbreak and will have the option of receiving a vaccine at that time or will be advised to leave the Penn State campus until the outbreak is over. Requests for exemption for the meningococcal vaccine must be submitted through Penn State Housing.
The following information applies to University Park Campus only. Please refer to your branch campus website for campus specific information.
UHS also offers immunizations for students, faculty and staff who are traveling abroad through the Travel Clinic.
All vaccines are available at UHS. Students may schedule immunizations through my UHS. UHS recommends that students find out ahead of time if their insurance provider will cover all or part of the cost. Students may elect to pay the charges at the time of the visit or have the charges added to their student bursar accounts [more information].