Meeting Immunization Requirements

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Colleges and universities are settings in which the spread of communicable diseases among students is a frequent occurence.  The University of Washington has developed policies to focus on diseases that can be prevented by vaccines and screening for other treatable communicable diseases (e.g. tuberculosis).  The goal of these policies is to protect UW campuses from outbreaks of infectious diseases, minimizing a campus oubreak, not on individual health safety.  A secondary goal is to educate students about other vaccinations to promote/protect general health.  Faculty and staff are not subject to these requirements because they do nor present the same health risk to the campus.

What immunizations are required and why?

The University of Washington requires verification of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Meningococcal Quadrivalent (A,C,Y,W-135) immunity for all Fall 2019 and beyond incoming students taking in-person classes (matriculated and non-matriculated) as a public health measure in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Students must submit proof of immunity in order to attend classes on any campus at the UW.  Medical exemptions and personal/philosophical/religious exemptions to vaccination requirements will be considered on a case by case basis.

These requirements do not apply to individuals enrolled during Summer Quarter, non-matriculated students, Key Band Professional Development program participants and youth participating in pre-college outreach programs.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine Specific vaccination requirement: 2 doses of MMR vaccine at least 28 days apart, after 12 months of age, OR laboratory evidence of immunity (titres) to both measles and mumps. Students born before 1957 are considered immune to measles and do not need to provide MMR immunization data (or lab evidence of immunity). A +/- 4-day window on dates will be used for either birthday or for the timing of vaccinations.
Meningococcal quadrivalent (A,C,Y,W-135) vaccine Specific vaccination requirement: at least one vaccination on or after 16 years of age. Students over the age of 21 (as of the first day of classes for the enrolled quarter) do not need to provide Meningococcal Quadrivalent data (or lab evidence of immunity). A +/- 4-day window on dates will be used for either birthday or for the timing of vaccinations.

In addition to required vaccines students are encouraged to review these additional, recommended vaccines:

  • Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Polio
  • Annual influenza vaccine (flu shot)
  • Serogroup B Meningococcal (may be recommended if at increased risk)

The vaccinations listed above are provided for general health information. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide specific indications/recommendations for each of these vaccines, which you should discuss with your healthcare provider.

How do I meet the requirement?

All incoming students should submit their documentation by the first day of classes of their entering quarter. The University will give a grace period to complete the requirement within one quarter. Submit your immunizations as well as a completed Immunization Verification form to the centralized Hall Health Center documentation management system HERE

Documents must be submitted before the first day of the quarter. If the requirement is not satisfied before the first day of classes, the University will place a hold on the student’s registration. The hold will go into effect to prevent registration for the upcoming quarter on Saturday, 12:01 a.m. following the 4th Friday of the quarter.  

Where can I learn more?

Learn about the current UW immunization requirement here.

For more information about the upcoming requirement, email