All students, including those on the Peoria campus, born January 1, 1957, or after, are required by Illinois law and the University of Illinois at Springfield to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis, and Meningococcal (if under 22 years old). Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis titers are not acceptable proof of immunity, actual proof of these immunizations are required. This documentation must be submitted by sending a copy of a signed and dated school immunization record (from your high school, previous university, military record, or child health immunization record). ALL NEW STUDENTS: Any immunization records/documents should be submitted through the UIS application site checklist under "Required Immunization Form", before the student's first registration at UIS. The purpose of these requirements is to prevent the induction and spread of vaccine-preventable diseases among students and the surrounding community.
Students who were not born in the U.S. are required to provide an International Certificate of Vaccination as approved by WHO: The World Health Organization. This document is required as evidence for immunizations administered outside of the United States. All students must have two MMR's: 30 days apart, the first one being on or after the first birthday, and three TD's: second dose must be at least 28 days after the first dose, third dose must be at least six months after the second dose. One dose must be a Tdap, and the last dose must have been given within the last 10 years. The meningococcal conjugate vaccine is required for all students under the age of 22, and one dose must have been given on or after their 16th birthday. In addition, students not born in the U.S. must have a Tuberculosis screening prior to the deadline. If upon review of the TB screening it is determined you are at risk of TB, the student is required to complete the TB blood test. The TB blood testing must be done in the U.S. within 30 days of attending classes. Those who have not completed this requirement within the deadline will be administratively withdrawn from all classes. Students who have been treated for tuberculosis or who have been treated because of a positive tuberculin skin/blood test in the past must bring those medical records to Health Services. All medical records must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Students are exempt from this requirement if they were born before 1957, or if they are taking only online classes. Students may request an exemption based on religious grounds by providing a personal religious statement and a letter from the leader of their place of worship. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization is not sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds. If a medical exemption is requested, documentation of medical reason, date exemption ends (if applicable), and physician's signature is required. Immunization requirements and additional information can be found on the Health Services website.
Immunization requirements must be completed and on file in Health Services in BSB 20 before 5:00 p.m. on the fifth day of summer session and the tenth day of fall and spring semesters to avoid a non-refundable fee. Students not in compliance will not be allowed to register for a second semester at UIS. Questions about this policy should be directed to Health Services at (217) 206-6676. The Health Services website contains information regarding immunization policies.