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Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law requires college students to demonstrate proof of immunity to the diseases measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). The law applies to students born after January 1, 1957, who are registered for 6 or more credits in a class at University at Albany. Students not in compliance will not be able to register for classes. The proof of immunity required must be documented by a health care practitioner or other acceptable evidence in the following ways:

For measles, otherwise known as rubeola -- 2 doses live measles vaccine administered after 12 months of age and at least 30 days apart (exact dates of vaccinations are required) or results of a blood test which shows you are immune to measles (copy of lab report must be provided).

For mumps, 1 live dose mumps vaccine administered after 12 months of age (exact dates of vaccination is required) or results of a blood test which shows you are immune to mumps (copy of lab report must be provided).

For rubella, also known as German measles -- 1 live dose rubella vaccine administered after 12 months of age (exact dates of vaccination is required) or results of a blood test which shows you are immune to rubella (copy of lab report must be provided).

We will accept any one of the following documentation of your MMR vaccinations:
a) A copy of your immunizations (including actual dates) on an official government/ school letterhead — the simplest place to obtain this may be from your most recently attended high school or college; OR
b) A copy of your immunizations (including actual dates) on physician’s letterhead, which includes printed name, address and telephone number; OR
c) Have a blood test to confirm immunity. Please note: a copy of the lab report must be submitted.
Please note that the documentation must be in english and must have students name and date of birth.

The MMR vaccination is available at the University Health Center. Please call
(518) 442-5229 for an appointment.

If you have not been able to find adequate documentation of having received two measles and at least one mumps and one rubella vaccine you have several options to consider depending on your situation and your preferences. Click here for options.

Regardless of your class standing, the University Health Center must have this proof prior to 30 days after classes start or you will be administratively withdrawn from classes and required to vacate campus.

Religious Exemption

The immunization section of the health form shall not apply to a person who holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required, and no certificate shall be required as a prerequisite to such person being admitted or received into or attending an institution. Students requesting religious exemption will need to fill out the religious exemption letter. The student may be asked to provide additional information or to meet with the University Health Center Medical Director for approval of a religious exemption.
Religious Exemption Letter


Tuberculosis (TB) Evaluation policy


All UAlbany students must undergo an evaluation for TB. For students who are born in this country the Health Questionnaire on page 2 of the Required Health Form may be adequate. Those students who have spent time in a TB endemic country will be required to have the serum blood test for TB which is available at the Health Center. Students with other TB risk factors may only need a TB skin test (PPD).

Click here for Health Center Requirements for International Students

You may submit information to the University Health Center by email, mail or fax. Our health forms email is healthforms@albany.edu. Our mailing address is University Health Center, University at Albany, 400 Patroon Creek Blvd, Suite 200, Albany, NY 12206. Our fax number is (518) 442-5444.

A hold will be placed on your record 30 days after arriving on campus if your immunizations and TB evaluation are not up to date.

Positive Tuberculosis test information
People who have a positive PPD or a positive TB blood test usually have been infected with the Tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Any students with a positive PPD or TB blood test should submit all relevant medical records. They may be required to see a UAlbany Health Center provider for further evaluation.


Please call the University Health Center for further information or assistance. The telephone number is (518) 442-5454.