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Immunization Requirements

There are two immunization requirements that all students, regardless of credit load, must meet in order to attend classes.

PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF ALL DOCUMENTS YOU SUBMIT. ONLY PROOF OF MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA & MENINGITIS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU IN YOUR myTC PORTAL.

DEADLINES: Students moving into the the residence halls have to submit their records before they move in. It is required that students admitted for the Summer and Fall terms submit their documentation on or before the first day of classes for the Fall term. Students admitted for the Spring term are required to submit their documentation on or before the first day of classes for the Spring term.  For term dates, please refer to the current Academic Calendar.

Your records are not submitted and processed until you receive a confirmation email to your TC Gmail account

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.  You must complete the Immunization Form and the Meningitis Response Form with your TC Gmail account.

Tutorial: How to Submit your Immunization Records and Meningitis Response Form

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) are communicable, air-borne diseases; hence, you can easily contract the illness from someone, who is already infected, you have contact with.  However, being vaccinated can help to reduce communicability and prevent further spread of disease.  Thus, it is monumentally important that individuals provide proof of immunity to all three, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, prior to attending Teachers College.  

Immunity can be documented by providing exact dates of immunization shots on the Immunization Response 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 the office.

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.

Should you have any concerns about these vaccinations, please consult the U.S. Center for Disease Control's (CDC) MMR Vaccine Fact Sheet

MEASLES (also known as Rubeola)

Measles Fact Sheet

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

Mumps

Mumps Information Sheet

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.

RUBELLA (also known as German Measles)

Rubella Facts

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

Student Service Fees

After paying the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee (HRSF), billed to your term bill, students pay no additional charges for most services provided on-campus.

Students enrolled in the Columbia Health Program can also get free vaccines at Medical Services:

  1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  2. Hepatitis A, B, or a combination
  3. Human papillomavirus (for students age 26 or younger)
  4. Influenza
  5. Meningococcal Meningitis
  6. Pneumococcal (if clinically indicated)
  7. Tetanus/Diphtheria or Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis
  8. Varicella
  9. Zoster (only appropriate for students over the age of 60)

Vaccinations are available for a minimal cost to students not who have not paid the Columbia Health Fee. Charges may be paid to Columbia Health by cash, check, or credit card (only Visa or MasterCard accepted).

Below is a more detailed and comprehensive list of all service fees for students who have paid the Columbia Health Fee (CHF) and those who have not (No CHF) and can be accessed on the Columbia Health website.  All fees are effective September 1, 2016.

 

Students either:

  • Select that they have received the meningococcal (MenonumeTM) vaccination within the past 5 years and provide the date/proof of vaccination.
  • Select that they acknowledge that they have been informed of and understand the risks of the meningococcal disease, and will receive the vaccination within 30 days.  
  • 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. The response is MANDATORY. 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.

Students can upload their Meningitis Response Form via the myTC portal the same way they submit their immunization record form.  Meningitis responses can also be submitted in person in the Insurance and Immunization office, by mail, or fax.  Please note, we do not accept any records via email.  

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR MENINGITIS RESPONSE:

  • Log onto myTC Portal: http://my.tc.edu
  • 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.
    • If you have had the Meningitis vaccine you will can upload proof of vaccination via the TC portal the same way you upload a copy of your immunization records.  

Tutorial

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:

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)