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Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law requires college students to submit proof of immunity to the diseases measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Proof of immunizations should be submitted prior to July 1 for Fall semester (and January 1 for Spring semester.) Public Health Law requires compliance with the law for attendance at UAlbany. If you do not provide proof of vaccination by August 1st, your enrollment may be affected and you may also forfeit campus housing and financial aid, if applicable.

MMR Requirements:

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 as proof 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.

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.

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

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 for approval of a religious exemption.
Religious Exemption Letter

Meningitis

The way that a UAlbany student can satisfy the Meningitis requirement is read the Meningitis Disease Fact Sheet from the New York State Department of Health then log in to MyUAlbany and select the Meningitis link under the Required Agreements section.


Tuberculosis (TB) Evaluation policy


All UAlbany students must undergo an evaluation for TB. For students who are born in this country the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire on 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 ( QuantiFERON or T-Spot) for TB. Students with other TB risk factors may only need a TB skin test (PPD).

Click here for Student Health Services Requirements for International Students

You may submit information to Student Health Services by email, mail or fax. Our health form email is healthforms@albany.edu. Our mailing address is Student Health Services, 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 TB evaluation is not up to date.

Positive Tuberculosis test information
Students 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, including tb test results, any recent Chest X-ray report and any treatment documentation.


Please call Student Health Services for further information or assistance. The telephone number is (518) 442-5454.