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Immunization Policy

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Rationale for the Policy

Vaccine-preventable diseases continue to occur on US campuses and pose a significant threat to the public health of the campus community. Outbreaks not only impose a significant cost to infected individuals in terms of mortality and morbidity, but can also be costly to the University and students by disrupting university activities and preventing students from being able to attend scheduled classes.

The goal of the University is to provide adequate protection to the campus community against vaccine-preventable diseases by requiring students to be vaccinated against and/or screened for certain highly contagious diseases. This goal can best be achieved through a mandatory pre-matriculation immunization requirement.   

Requirements Consistent with State Law and Other Organizations 

The following requirements are consistent with West Virginia State Law and with the recommendations of the American College Health Association and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  Students who fail to provide appropriate documentation for the following immunizations will be prohibited from moving into the residence halls until the documentation is provided, and the University is under no obligation to prorate or forgive room charges for any delayed entry.   

Immunizations Required for All Students 

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). All entering full-time students born after 1956 must provide documentation of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. 

Immunizations Required for Residential Students 

  • Hepatitis B. If you live in university housing, you must provide documentation of immunization for Hepatitis B. You must provide one of the following:  
    • Documentation of having initiated the series of Hepatitis B immunizations and updates indicating that you are continuing to receive the series of immunizations, on schedule, until all three immunizations have been given.  The student is expected to complete the immunizations within six months of initiation of the series.
    • Documentation of completion of a three-shot series for Hepatitis B.
    • Documentation of a titer indicating immunity to Hepatitis B.  
  • Meningococcal Meningitis. If you live in university housing, you must provide documentation of your immunity to meningococcal meningitis.
    • Students age 21 years or younger must provide documentation of receipt of a dose of Meningococcal Vaccine not more than 5 years before enrollment in the institution.  If the primary dose was administered before the students 16th birthday, a booster dose should be administered within the year prior to the student moving into the residence hall. 
     

Female Students  

All female students are strongly encouraged to receive the Human Papillomavirus vaccine HPV prior to matriculation. Much like the Hepatitis B vaccine, the HPV vaccine is a three-part series of shots that has been shown to drastically reduce the risk of cervical cancer.  

International Students 

Tuberculosis (TB)  All full-time international students must provide documentation of having had a Tuberculin skin test (PPD) or blood test to screen for tuberculosis (TB) within six months prior to enrollment in the university regardless of prior BCG immunizations.  If the results of either test are positive, a chest x-ray is required.  

 A student may request a waiver from tuberculin skin testing if the student is from a country that has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control as having low prevalence of tuberculosis. 

Health Science and Pharmacy Students  

Please consult your individual programs to see if they have specific additional immunization requirements that may differ from those of the University. 

Request for Waiver 

A student may request a waiver from any vaccination for medical reasons. Application for a waiver is to be made in writing to the University of Charleston at least two weeks prior to the student arriving on campus for his/her first semester of attendance at the University. In the case of an outbreak of a contagious disease on campus for which the student has not been immunized, the University reserves the right to ask the student to leave campus until the outbreak is over. 

Health Resources

For additional information on Counseling Services, Health, and Wellness, please contact:

Office of Student Life
304-357-4745
 

Immunization form