Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as un-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel. University Health Services of The Pennsylvania State University strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus community.
FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR CAMPUS COMMUNITY, STUDENTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE OF IMMUNITY MAY BE REMOVED FROM CAMPUS DURING A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE OUTBREAK.
The Pennsylvania State University requires all incoming degree seeking students and all students living in Penn State housing to be compliant with these requirements.
Required Immunizations For Incoming Degree-Seeking Students.
***Note: Returning students only need to comply with the meningococcal requirement if living in University housing***
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
To satisfy the requirement, you must have 2 doses of Measles (Rubeola), 2 doses of Mumps and 1 dose of Rubella OR 2 doses of the MMR vaccine OR provide blood test results showing immunity. The first dose must have been given on or after your first birthday. Dose 2 must have been given at least 4 weeks after dose 1.
Meningococcal - required if living in University Housing
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4): also known as Menveo, Menactra. This vaccine is effective against the most common meningococcal infections caused by serogroups A, C, W, and Y. One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine administered at age 16 or older is required of all incoming students living in University housing who are age 21 or younger. Incoming students living in University Housing who are age 22 or older may submit either proof of vaccination or a Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver.
Strongly Recommended Immunizations
Meningococcal Vaccine (MenB)
Also known as Bexsero or Trumenba. This vaccine is effective against most of the more common meningococcal infections caused by serogroup B. These vaccines are given in a series of either 2 or 3 injections and are not interchangeable. (Note: This vaccine alone does not satisfy the Meningococcal Housing Requirement)
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine are needed for immunity. The doses must be administered at least 28 days apart.
OR a blood test confirming immunity if you have had the chicken pox disease.
1 dose of Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis, NOT to be confused with DTap or Td) vaccine is needed for immunity.
Td vaccine booster is also needed if >10 years since the Tdap was administered.
Hepatitis B is transmitted through body fluids, including blood.
3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine are needed for immunity. Doses 1 and 2 must be administered at least 4 weeks apart. Dose 3 should be at least 6 months after the 1st dose and 8 weeks after dose 2. A blood test may be used to confirm immunity.
Hepatitis A Vaccine (HepA)
2 Dose Series: HepA vaccine is a 2-dose series given 6-18 months apart. In some cases, Hep A and Hep B are given as a combined vaccine, which would necessitate that 3 doses are needed for immunity.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
3 Dose Series: Three different vaccines have been used in the U.S. [Cervarix (bivalent HPV vaccine), Gardasil (Quadrivalent HPV vaccine), Gardasil-9 (9-valent HPV vaccine)]; all three are given in a 3-dose series and are needed for immunity.
13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PVC13) or 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.
Recommended for students with certain medical risk factors or high risk of pneumococcal disease.