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Immunization/Health Requirements

UAlbany students must satisfy three mandatory health requirements.

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

2. Meningitis Requirement: New York State Public Health Law requires college students to receive and acknowledge receipt of information on Meningitis.

3. Required Health Form/Tuberculosis Screening Requirement: UAlbany students must submit the Required Health form to satisfy the Tuberculosis requirement.

Details of requirements are below. The three requirements above should be satisfied prior to August 1 for Fall semester and December 15 for Spring semester. Public Health Law requires compliance with the law for attendance at UAlbany. If you do not satisfy the requirements, your enrollment and/or housing may be affected.

MMR Requirement


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 immunity:
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 and submit the religious exemption letter. The student may be asked to provide additional information for approval of a religious exemption.
Religious Exemption Letter

Meningitis Requirement

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.


Required Health Form/Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Requirement


All UAlbany students are assessed for the risk of TB (Tuberculosis) through submission of the Required Health Form. Once the form is processed the student will be emailed if additional steps are required.

The most common risk for TB is exposure in a TB endemic country, a country known to have a high rate of TB. This includes most Eastern Mediterranean, African, Asian, Central and South American countries.

If you have  spent over 4 weeks in any TB endemic country within the past 5 years you must have a TB blood test (QuantiFERON or T-Spot only).

The only exceptions are:

  • If you have received a full course of treatment for Tuberculosis with TB medications
    • You will need to provide medical documentation confirming the start and end dates of treatment and medications prescribed.
  • If you had a blood test that reveals a previous positive response
    • You should submit the QuantiFERON Gold or T-Spot results. The lab test report must be provided in English with your name and date of birth.
    • In addition a chest x-ray must be performed within 6 months prior to your arrival on campus or as soon as possible after a positive test result and a report copy provided, in English with your name and date of birth

We recommend any required TB test be done and results submitted before arriving at UAlbany. TB blood test results must include the lab test report. The report must be in English and include student name and date of birth.

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 registration hold will be placed on your record if your TB evaluation is not up to date.