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Immunization Requirements

There are two immunization requirements that all students, regardless of credit load, must meet before registering for classes. It is required that students submit their documentation at least 30 days prior to their scheduled registration date. For this reason, all incoming students are placed on hold prior to their first registration.

New York State public health law requires that all students document immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, as well as document that they either have received the meningitis vaccine or have declined to receive it.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) & Meningococcal Meningitis Immunizations

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Immunity can be documented by providing exact dates of immunization shots on the Immunization Records Form, by providing results of positive blood test (titers), or in the case of measles and mumps by providing dates of physician diagnosis of having had the disease. In each case, the documents must be signed and dated by a health care provider.

Religious and medical exemptions are available. All information is to be submitted to The Office of Insurance & Immunization Records. Make copies of your records before you submit them to Student Life.

NEW STUDENTS registering for the first time have 30 days from the first day of classes to comply. Students who do not comply will have a hold placed on their account, preventing registration for their second semester.

NOTE: for those born before 1968: It is recommended that all immunizations for measles, mumps and/or rubella given prior to 1968 should be repeated unless specifically noted that IG or ISG was not given. Measles immunizations given after January 1, 1968 constitute acceptable doses of vaccine. Immunizations given before 1968 technically meet legal requirement if the medical record clearly indicates that the vaccine was live virus vaccine.

Those born before January 1st, 1957 are exempt from submitting documentation for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

MEASLES (also known as Rubeola)

Must have either: Two doses of live measles vaccine on or after your first birthday

OR Date & results for blood test (titer) for measles
OR Date of physician positive diagnosed measles disease

RUBELLA (also known as German Measles)

Must have either: One dose of live rubella vaccine on or after your first birthday

OR Date & a copy of lab results for positive blood test (titer) for rubella


Must have either: One dose of live mumps vaccine on or after your first birthday

OR Date and a copy of lab results of mumps blood test (titer)
OR Date of physician positive diagnosed mumps disease

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not received any or a second dosage of measles, the MMR vaccination is recommended to provide additional protection against mumps & rubella. The MMR is a single vaccination that protects against all three diseases.


Students either:

  • Select that they have received the meningococcal (MenonumeTM) vaccination within the past 10 years and provide the date of vaccination.
  • Select that they acknowledge that they have been informed of and understand the risks of the meningococcal disease, but are declining vaccination.

NOTE: The meningitis vaccination is OPTIONAL. It is not a required vaccination. Please read the information provided to make a decision as to whether you will receive (if you have not already) or will decline the vaccination.

  • Log onto myTC Portal:
  • Click on ‘TC Services’ Tab
  • Click on ‘Student Records’ under the ‘Enrollment Services’ menu title
  • Click on ‘Meningitis Vaccination Response Form’
  • Submit your Meningitis Response.
Meningitis Facts:

Meningitis is rare. However, its flu-like symptoms make it difficult to diagnosis. If not treated early it can lead to swelling of the fluid surrounding the spinal cord, leading to severe or permanent damage (such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation, and even death). Cases among 15 to 24 year olds have doubled since 1991. The disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, claiming about 300 lives. Between 100 to 125 cases occur on a college campus a year, with 15 students who die from the disease. For more information about the meningitis disease, visit these websites:

Immunization Record Information

All students are required to comply with the immunization laws that are established by New York State. Immunization records are typically attained from a previous health care professional (e.g. pediatrician, undergraduate institution & elementary/high school health care offices) or sometimes current professional institutions (school of employment).  After gathering this information, it is to be submitted to The Office of Insurance and Immunization Records either via mail, fax, or by bringing them to the office.

New York State Public Law 2165 requires that all students born on or after January 1, 1957 must provide the College with documentation of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

New York State Public Health Law 2167, established July 22nd, 2003, requires academic institutions to distribute information pertaining to the meningococcal disease vaccination to all students. Furthermore, all students are required to submit a response form as to the status of the meningococcal disease.

For more Questions regarding Immunization Requirements - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)