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Immunization

IMMUNIZATION POLICY

North Carolina State law (G.S. 130A-152) requires documentation of certain immunizations for students attending a North Carolina college or university. Student must submit certification of these immunizations PRIOR TO REGISTRATION. Documentation should be on or attached to the completed WFU Student Health Information Summary and Immunization Form provided by the Student Health Service in order to assure correct identification of the student. If you have not received the form you may download it from the Wake Forest University Student Health Service web page.

For information about recommendations concerning immunizations, please see the American College Health Association’s Updated Recommendations for Pre-matriculation Immuniztions.

For detailed information concerning the requirement for Tdap vaccine, please see the CDC’s document Preventing Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis.

Acceptable documentation is a statement signed by the appropriate official(s) having custody of the records of immunization, such as a physician, county health department director or a certificate from a student’s high school containing the approved dates of immunizations. The State statute applies to all students except those registered in off campus courses only, attending night or weekend classes only, or taking a course load of four (4) credit hours or less.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association recommend compliance with the following vaccines standards. North Carolina State Law and Wake Forest University policy require certification in accordance with the following.

REQUIRED:

  1. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Students must document three doses of a combined tetanus diphtheria vaccine (DTaP, Td, or Tdap) of which one must be within ten years of enrollment and one of which must have been Tdap after May 2005.
  2. Rubeola (Measles). Students must document two doses of live virus measles vaccine given at least 30 days apart, on or after their first birthday unless (a) they have a physician’s certificate which states that they have had measles prior to January 1, 1994, (b) they were born prior to 1/1/57, or (c) they have documentation of a titer indicating they are immune.
  3. Rubella (German measles). Students must document that they have had one dose of live virus vaccine on or after their first birthday unless (a) they have documentation of a titer indicating they are immune, or (b) they will be fifty years old before they enroll. History of the disease is not acceptable.
  4. Mumps Students must document two doses of live virus mumps vaccine given at least 30 days apart, on or after their first birthday unless (a) they were born before 1/1/57 or (b) they have documentation of a titer indicating they are immune. History of the disease is not acceptable.
  5. Polio. Students must document that they have had a trivalent polio vaccine series and a booster on or after their fourth birthday unless they will be eighteen years old or older when they enroll.
  6. Hepatitis B Three-dose series required if born on or after July 1, 1994. Recommended for all students.
  7. Tuberculin skin test is required within twelve months of the University registration date for (a) students who may have been exposed to tuberculosis or has signs or symptoms of active tuberculosis disease or (b) students whose home country is other than United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Western Europe or Japan. If the student is known to be tuberculin-positive or if this test is positive, attach the chest x-ray results and record of treatment.

RECOMMENDED:

  1. Varicella - The two-dose series is recommended. Discuss with your health care provider.
  2. Meningococcal –CDC recommends routine vaccination with quadravalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine at age 11 or 12 years, with a booster dose at age 16 years. For adolescents who receive their first dose at age 13-15 years, a one-time booster dose should be administered after age 16 years. Persons who receive their first dose on or after their sixteenth birthday do not need a booster dose.
  3. Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine – A three-dose series.

Immunizations required under North Carolina law must be documented within thirty days following registration. After that time, students with incomplete documentation of immunizations will not be permitted to attend classes. Please note that some series require several months for completion.