UW Immunization Requirement

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The Immunization requirement will change for Autumn 2019. If you are an incoming, new student starting Autumn 2019, learn more about the new requirements.


Measles Immunity Verification form

All enrolled students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity and new students should expect to receive the Measles Immunity Verification form with their admission packet. This information is used to document compliance in the registrar’s database. Students will need to submit measles their verification form and documentation no later than week 3 of their first quarter of attendance, or a hold will be placed, which will prevent future registration. (Nursing and Social Work students are exempt from the general university requirement, see below for more information on your requirements.)

Note: Students born before January 1, 1957 are considered to be immune to measles and are therefore NOT required submit proof of immunity for measles.

Immunization Document Requirements

There are two types of documents you can use to meet this requirement:

Option 1.  Provide us with a vaccine record that shows two measles shots.

  • The first shot must be given after the age of one (1) year old, and the two immunizations must have been give at least 28 days or more apart.

Note:  Abbreviations that your health care provider might use for the vaccine include ME, MM, MR, MMR and MMRV, or Rubeola.

Option 2.  Provide us with a posititive blood test showing that you are protected from measles, otherwise know as a (rubeola) titer test.

Note: If the result of the blood test is negative or uncertain, you will need to be vaccinated.

Make sure the lab report shows:

  • The date of the blood draw and/or the date of the result
  • The Titer count
  • A reading of the result

Sources of Documentation

You can provide immunization records or blood test reports from a doctor, clinic, insurance company, state, pharmacy, lab, and school record. We do not accept self-reporting documentation as a result.

You can also request your immunization records from a state immunization registry. See the Student Health Services link for details.

What if I don't have a document that meets the criteria listed above?

If you don't have a record that meets the criteria above, you have two choices:

Option 1.  You can get a blood test for immunity to measles, otherwise known as a (rubeola) titer test, not rubella. If the result shows immunity, submit the lab report (see above for guidelines), and the Measles Immunity Verification form by following the instructions below in "How to submit proof of immunity."

Option 2.  If you have less than two immunizatons for measles, or if your immunizations do not meet the guidelines listed above, you will need to obtain vaccination(s) to meet the requirements.

Please note: if you have not been vaccinated for measles at all, you need to be vaccinated twice and will need to wait at least 28 days between doses.  

Where can I obtain Measles immunizations, or get a Titer Test for (rubeola) ?

  • Measles shots or titer tests may be obtained at your regular physicains office.
  • You may also use Student Health Services to get your immunizations, or titer test, or to get access to your records. See the Student Health Services link for details. 
  • In addition, there are many pharmacies that will give out immunization shots, but check with them for pricing and availability.

How to submit proof of immunity

Complete the Measles Immunity Verification form (see above) and an take a photo or scan of it along with an image of an original immunization record or postive blood test result with your phone, scanner, or copier (jpg or .pdf) and email it to us at reguwt@uw.edu.

By Mail

Send it to:

Office of the Registrar, UW Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Campus Box 358400
Tacoma, WA 98402

In Person

You can also bring in your documents to the Office of the Regstrar. 

Located in the: Mattress Factory Building, 2nd floor, Room 253.

by Fax or Email

Email to reguwt@uw.edu or fax it to us at 253-692-4414.

Instructions for fax or email

Be sure to include your name and date of birth on the record pages and please, make sure that the immunization dates are readable. Do not send embedded images of your documentation in the body of the email.

Include the following items with your email or fax:

  • Your 7-digit UW student ID number
  • Last name
  • First name
  • Date of Birth
  • Admission Quarter (ex. autumn, winter, spring, or summer) and Year

Note: Do not send original immunization records as we do not provide copies later of your immunizations. Also, you must send the copy in English. 

Incomplete records may cause delays in your future quarter registration process

Please check your health form and your immunization record to be sure they are complete. It's helpful to put your name, date of birth and student number on all photocopies of immunization records.  

If you do not submit your immunizations prior to your second quarter registration date, a hold will be placed on your registration until we receive your documentation.

In the event of a measles outbreak on campus, students who have not previously submitted proof of immunity to measles may be barred from classes and other campus activities until health officials determine that there is no risk of them transmitting the disease to others.

Questions regarding immunizations should be directed to the Office of the Registrar at 253-692-4913.

*Nursing and Social Work students are exempt from this requirement. Please see the link above for your requirements.