Catalogue 2014 - 2015

Immunizations and Health Record Requirements

The laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts require full-time students to present evidence of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, and meningitis.

It is strongly recommended that female students receive the vaccine to protect them from human papillomavirus, the cause of cervical cancer.

Furthermore, effective August 2005, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, 15D and related regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 224.70) requires all new students at public and private residential schools that provide education to students in grades 9-12 and all new full- and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students in degree granting programs at postsecondary institutions that provide or license housing, to:

• Receive information about meningococcal disease and vaccine; and

• Provide documentation of receipt of one dose of meningococcal vaccine within the last five years, or qualify for one of the exemptions to immunization established by the statute.

All full-time students are required to provide a history and obtain a physical examination by a licensed healthcare provider within the previous 12 months. Immunizations, history, and physical examination must be submitted to Health Services and will be kept on file. No full-time student may continue beyond 30 days of the first day of class without the required verification.

The Health Services staff will administer required immunizations without charge if the Commonwealth is providing the immunizations. Physical examinations can be scheduled with Health Services for a fee.