1.10 Immunizations

All Students attending classes on campus, including part time Students and Students in programs that are partially online and partially on campus, must submit proof of required immunizations and screenings to the Student Health Center no later than August 1 for the fall term, January 3 for the spring term, and May 1 for the summer term. Forms and more information about the requirements, recommendations, and exemptions can be found at: https://www.slu.edu/life-at-slu/student-health/required-records-forms.php.

The following immunizations have requirements or recommendations from Saint Louis University, or may have additional requirements for health professions Students prior to their clinical assignments:

  1. TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA, PERTUSSIS: Documentation of completed primary series and a booster within the past ten years is required for all Students on campus.
  2. MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA: Documentation of two doses of MMR combined vaccine (or two doses of live measles, one dose of mumps, and one dose of rubella) separated by at least one month on or after the first birthday, or, documentation of physician-diagnosed disease or laboratory evidence of immunity is required for all Students on campus. Persons who received the killed mumps vaccine, which was available between 1950-1978, might benefit from revaccination. Individuals who received killed measles vaccine, combination of killed and live measles vaccine, or measles vaccine of an unknown type in the period 1963-1967 are considered unvaccinated, and should receive two doses of live vaccine at least one month apart.
  3. VARICELLA: Documentation of two doses of live varicella vaccine separated by at least one month, or, documentation of physician-diagnosed disease or laboratory evidence of immunity is required for all students on campus born after 1980.
  4. MENINGITIS: Documentation of meningococcal quadrivalent (A, C, Y, W-135) vaccination is required for all Students living in residence halls and/or University-owned/managed housing, or a signed waiver acknowledging risks/benefits of vaccine must be submitted.  
  5. MENINGITIS B: Serogroup B Meningococcal vaccination is not required, but we highly recommend Students discuss both meningitis vaccines with their health care provider.  
  6. TUBERCULOSIS: Tuberculosis screening is required for all students on campus. The required tuberculosis questionnaire must be submitted and will indicate if further testing is also necessary. The questionnaire can be found in our health forms packet available on our website, or by visiting the Student Health Center. Students in health professions may be required to do a two-step PPD skin test.
  7. HEPATITIS: Immunization against Hepatitis A and B are recommended for adults and may be required for health professions Students prior to their clinical assignments.
  8. POLIO: Documentation of completed primary series may be required for health professions Students prior to their clinical assignments.
  9. COVID-19: Documentation of two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of Janssen through a copy of the completed CDC COVID-19 vaccination card, or of a vaccination card provided by the vaccination site where you obtained a World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Neither prior infection nor antibody test results will satisfy this requirement.

Health professions Students should check with their program to confirm additional requirements.

Exemptions

  1. Students claiming exemption from immunizations because of medical contraindications must submit a written statement signed and dated by a physician.
  2. Students claiming exemption from immunizations because of religious beliefs must submit a written statement, signed and dated by the Student (or parent/guardian if the Student is a minor) describing their objection to immunization based upon bona fide religious beliefs or practice.

Applicability, Documentation and Enforcement

  1. This policy applies to all domestic and international Students on campus unless medical or religious exemptions pertain.
  2. Submission of this record, by the date specified, is mandatory. Failure to comply will result in registration being cancelled and/or restricted.
  3. The University also reserves the right to deny access to campus facilities, including residence halls and/or University-owned/managed housing, if documentation of compliance has not been provided. Further, in accordance with public health recommendations, non-immune Students may be excluded from the University campus in the event of an outbreak, or other public health recommendation.