Frequently Asked Questions
- Do immunization requirements apply to non-degree seeking students?
Non-degree seeking students are not required to submit immunization information; however, non-degree seeking students living in University housing must provide proof of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine or submit a Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver.
- How do I submit my immunization information?
Obtain a copy of your official immunization records, create an image file of the records and then log in to myUHS using your Penn State access credentials and upload the image file.
- What immunizations are required?
Penn State requires measles, mumps, and rubella for all incoming undergraduate and graduate students and meningococcal conjugate vaccine (serogroup ACWY) for all students living in University housing. All other vaccines are strongly recommended but not required.
Read more about required and recommended immunizations.
- What should I do if I have problems uploading my immunization records through the secure myUHS portal?
First, make sure you are trying to upload an image file. We accept PNG, JPG, JPEG, and GIF image files that are less the 4MB in size. You may also want to clear your browser cache and cookies or try using a different browser.
If you are not successful after implementing these fixes, contact us via email, and include the following information:
- Details of the error message you are receiving
- A screenshot (if possible)
- The name of the internet browser you are using (i.e. Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox)
- Type of device (i.e. desktop computer, iPad, iMac, mobile phone)
- Also, please include your full name and Penn State ID#
- Where can I locate my "official" immunization records?
For guidance in determining where you can locate your “official” immunization records please visit the CDC "Find Records" webpage.
Please note: Records that are self-reported or unverified will not meet the requirement. If you are unsure if your records will meet Penn State’s immunization requirement, please upload your records through myUHS for review
- I can't find my immunization records. Do I need to have the immunizations again?
Your health care provider can determine if you need the immunizations or if blood tests should be performed to determine immunity. You can have the vaccines and/or blood tests done at University Health Services, your campus health center or a local provider’s office at your own expense if they are not covered by your health insurance.
University Park students can log into myUHS or call 814-863-0774 to schedule an appointment.
Commonwealth Campus students can contact the campus nurse or health center at their campus (if available) for additional information.
- How much do immunizations cost?
Students with Penn State Student Health Insurance plan (SHIP) are fully covered for required immunizations. If you do not have Penn State Student Health Insurance, please check with your health insurance carrier to see what immunizations are covered and how you can be reimbursed if you receive the immunizations at University Health Services, your campus health center, or a local provider's office.
- I do not live in University housing. Am I still required to receive a meningococcal conjugate vaccine or submit a waiver?
No, only students living in University housing are required to have a meningococcal vaccine or submit a waiver; however, it is strongly recommended for all students living in apartments and communal housing.
- Why is a meningococcal vaccine important?
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection caused by Neisseria meningitides. Meningococcal disease usually presents clinically as meningitis or bacteremia. Serogroups A, B, C, W and Y cause almost all meningococcal disease cases. Four of these strains are contained in the quadrivalent (A, C, W, Y) vaccine. Incidence of meningococcal disease peaks among adolescents and young adults aged sixteen through twenty one years. First-year college students living in residence halls are at higher risk for meningococcal disease than other students.
- What are the specific requirements for the meningococcal vaccine?
The College and University Student Vaccination Act of 2002 in Pennsylvania prohibits a student from residing in University housing unless the student has received a one-time vaccination against meningococcal disease, or the institution provides detailed information on the risks associated with meningococcal disease and the availability and the effectiveness of any vaccine. The student must also sign a written waiver stating that the student has received and reviewed the information provided and has chosen not to be vaccinated for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that first-year college students living in residence halls should receive at least 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) before college entry. The preferred timing of the most recent dose is on or after their sixteenth birthday and that persons aged twenty-one years should have documentation of receipt of meningococcal conjugate vaccine not more than five years before enrollment.
In accordance with the College and University Student Vaccination Act and ACIP, all students who will be living in University housing must submit proof of one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine that covers serogroups A, C, Y, and W since age sixteen. Students may request an exemption from this requirement if there is a medical contraindication to vaccination or if religious or philosophical beliefs prohibit immunization. The Meningococcal B vaccine (serogroup B) is a separate vaccine and is strongly recommended, although not mandatory at this time.
- What if I am unable to receive the MMR vaccine due to a philosophical, religious, or medical reason or condition?
Print a copy of the MMR Waiver Request Form and have it completed and signed by your healthcare provider. Requests for philosophical exemptions must include a detailed written statement of personal beliefs. Requests for religious exemptions must include a detailed written statement of personal beliefs or a letter from clergy. You may upload the form by logging into myUHS or by faxing the form to 814-865-9309.
- What if I am unable to receive the meningococcal vaccine due to a philosophical, religious, or medical reason or condition?
Print a copy of the Meningococcal Waiver Request Form and have it completed and signed by your healthcare provider. Requests for philosophical exemptions must include a detailed written statement of personal beliefs. Requests for religious exemptions must include a detailed written statement of personal beliefs or a letter from clergy. You may upload the form by logging into myUHS (make hyperlink) or by faxing the form to 814-865-9309.
- Do parents have access to myUHS to upload student vaccination information?
Access to University Health Services secure portal (myUHS), is for students only. Students will need to log in using their Penn State access credentials (User ID and password). Sharing student access information with anyone, including a parent, is against Penn State security policies.
- My immunization records are in a foreign language. Will the University accept these?
No. All documentation submitted for immunization compliance must be in English. Contact your health care provider for a translated copy.