A student at NU must provide the Health Center with proof of immunity to certain diseases, as specified below. Documentation of immunizations and/or titers must be on the University’s Health Report  – or a clinician’s letterhead or prescription slip, signed by a nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant Alternatively, documentation may be provided by the student’s high school, previous college, or military facility, again with clinician signature.

Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis)

  • Immunization within the last ten years is required.
  • If a Tdap was received over ten years ago, either one Tdap or one Td vaccine is required.
  • One Tdap is required if no previous Tdap has been received.

Hepatitis B

  • A Series of three doses or a positive titer is required1.
  • The second dose must be given at least one month after the first,
  • The third dose must be given at least two months after the second doses and at least four months after the first.

MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

  • Two doses or a positive titre is required1.
  • The first dose must be given after the first birthday.
  • The second dose must be given at least twenty-eight days after the first.
  • Birth in the U.S. before 1957 is acceptable for establishing immunity only for non-health science students.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Two doses or a positive titre is required1.
  • The first dose must be given after the first birthday.
  • The second dose must be given at least twenty-eight days after the first.
  • A reliable history of chickenpox is also acceptable.
  • A reliable history of chickenpox includes a diagnosis of chickenpox, or interpretation of parent/guardian description of chickenpox, by a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or designee.

Meningococcal (Meningitis)

1A “positive titre” is a result of a blood test that confirms immunity to a specific infectious illness.

Insurance Coverage

If a student is unable to obtain documentation all immunizations can be administered at UHCS, for a fee. This fee can be paid for by credit, debit, or Husky Dollars at UHCS. NO CASH can be taken. The Cashier’s office in Richard’s Hall can accept checks and credit card payments in advance. If you choose to pay at the Cashier’s Office prior to coming to UHCS, please bring the receipt with you to UHCS as proof of payment. Our 2018-2019 Charges for Shots and Immunizations.

Most insurance does not cover these immunizations. Some insurance may cover immunizations as part of a physical exam. Students should review their own insurance benefits and if coverage is available seek a participating provider. Lists of participating providers are available on most insurance companies’ websites. UHCS is not a participating provider with any insurance programs and does not bill insurance.

UHCS Notifications to Students

UHCS emails students after their Health Reports have been received by UHCS and processed. New students are sent an email stating that their Health Report is complete or that something is missing. Students who have not provided complete information will receive a second email during the term indicating what information is missing and informing them that they will not have access to registration. Students who are still not in compliance are sent another email indicating that the Health Center hold is on their account and detailing what information must be provided to UHCS.

Health Center Holds

•  A student will have a Health Center hold if the student has failed to provide complete documentation of  immunizations in accordance with Massachusetts state law.

•  Deadlines for providing this information are as follows: the end of June for undergraduate students entering in the following fall; the beginning of December for undergraduate students entering in the following spring; one month prior to the beginning of a graduate or law student’s program.

•  Health Center holds will prevent students from registering for an upcoming term. The Health Center hold also will prevent a student’s ability to complete “I Am Here.”

•  For questions about holds due to state mandated immunity requirements, please call (617) 373-2772, option #3 or email UHCS at our general email, UHCS@northeastern.edu.