Saint Louis University

Required Immunizations & Information


1. Diphtheria and Tetanus

Documentation of primary series of diphtheria and tetanus toxoid, and a booster within the past ten years.

2. Measles

Documentation of two doses of live measles (or MMR combined) vaccine separated by at least one month on or after the first birthday, or, documentation of physician-diagnosed disease or laboratory evidence of immunity. Individuals who received killed measles vaccine, combination of killed and live measles vaccine, or measles vaccine of an unknown type in the period 1963-1967, are considered unvaccinated, and should receive two doses of live vaccine at least one month apart.

3. Mumps

Documentation of one dose of live mumps (or MMR combined) vaccine on or after the first birthday, or, documentation of physician-diagnosed mumps or laboratory evidence of immunity. Persons who received killed mumps vaccine which was available between 1950-1978 might benefit from revaccination.

4. Rubella

Documentation of one dose of rubella (or MMR combined) vaccine on or after the first birthday, or,
documentation of laboratory evidence of immunity.

5. Varicella

Documentation of two doses of live varicella vaccine separated by at least one month, or documentation of physician-diagnosed disease or laboratory evidence of immunity or birth in U.S. before 1980.

6. Meningitis

Immunization is required for all freshmen students living in residence halls or signed waiver acknowledging risks/benefits of vaccine.

7. Tuberculin Test

Tuberculosis screening is required for all students. Tuberculosis testing is mandated for:

• International students born in a country with a high incidence of tuberculosis.
• Students with a history of living or traveling for more than 2 months in areas with a high incidence of tuberculosis disease.
• Students with signs or symptoms of active tuberculosis, a positive tuberculosis skin test or close contacts with a person known to have active tuberculosis.
• Students who have worked in nursing homes, hospitals, or other residential institutions.
For more information, go to the CDC website 

8. Hepatitis

Immunization against Hepatitis B is strongly recommended for all students and is required for health professions students prior to their clinical assignments.

9. Polio

Polio vaccine is not routinely given to adults, and therefore students are not required to receive a booster or
a primary series if they were not previously immunized. Students should, however, document their childhood polio vaccine immunization. In the unlikely event of epidemic disease, special requirements may be instituted.


1. This policy applies to all domestic and international students entering the University for the first time, unless medical or religious exemptions pertain. Students in the School of Professional Studies must only comply with the requirement related to tuberculin testing.

2. Submission of this record, by the date specified, is mandatory. Failure to comply will result in registration being cancelled and/or restricted.

3. The University also reserves the right to deny access to campus facilities, including residence halls, if documentation of compliance has not been provided. Further, in accordance with public health recommendations, non-immune students may be excluded from the University campus in the event of a measles, rubella, mumps or diphtheria outbreak or other public health recommendation.


To summarize, all incoming students are required to have the following immunizations (click here for full immunizatinon and health history packet):

  • Complete Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire (skin test only if need indicated by questionnaire included in packet).
  • Two doses of MMR vaccine and two doses of varicella vaccine, documentation of laboratory evidence of immunity or documentation of physician diagnosed disease
  • Td (or Tdap) within the last 10 years
  • If you will be living in a residence hall, it is highly recommended to get the Meningitis vaccine.  If not complete, a meningitis waiver must be signed by the student.  See this handout or visit the CDC website for more information about meningitis and its associated risks. 
  • Some students may be exempt from this due to age or religion. Please call us at (314) 977-2323 with any questions about these requirements.

Additional information:

  • We also highly recommend the FLU/influenza vaccine for everyone
  • All travel vaccines can be ordered by our physician after a travel physical (i.e. yellow fever, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, etc.)
  • School of Professional Studies (SPS) students are only required to fulfill the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire (test required only if need is indicated by questionnaire).
  • Distance learners who will not be taking any portion of their classes on campus do not have to complete immunization requirements.

Proof of the required immunizations needs to be given to the SHCS staff by August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer semester.  If we receive a partial immunization record or you are outdated on one of the required immunizations, we will send you notification to your SLU email address.  All required immunizations and tests are available to receive at the Student Health Center.  

A registration hold will be placed on your registration if we do not receive your complete immunization records showing you are up to date on all requirements.

Please note that the following programs have additional immunization requirements:

  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medical School
  • Physician Assistant Program

Immunization Schedule:

For your reference, the full immunization schedule is listed below:

Hepatitis A

  • Dose 1   
  • Dose 2      6 months after Dose 1

Hepatitis B

  • Dose 1   
  • Dose 2      1 month after Dose 1   
  • Dose 3      5 months after Dose 2

Varivax (Chicken Pox)

  • Dose 1   
  • Dose 2      4-6 weeks after Dose 1

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  • Dose 1   
  • Dose 2       4-6 weeks after Dose 1

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

  • Every 10 years

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

  • Dose 1     
  • Dose 2       1-2 months after Dose 1     
  • Dose 3       2-4 months after Dose 2

PPD (Purified Protein Derivative: Tuberculosis Screen)

  • Placement     Return for reading 48-72 hours after placement

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