Immunization and Meningitis Requirements

New York State law requires you to meet certain health-related requirements. 

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What Is Required?

All students must provide an official record of their measles, mumps and rubella immunity — and meet the meningitis requirements — before registering for classes. Specifically, all incoming students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) born on or after January 1, 1957 must:

  • Provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella
  • Receive information about meningococcal disease, and make an informed decision about whether or not to receive immunization against meningococcal disease

These regulations are in accordance with New York State Public Health Law 2165.

In addition, students in health-related professions must meet additional requirements, as noted below.

Please Read

We encourage you to read the requirements and directions carefully to avoid errors that may lead to delays in class registration.

Missing a Vaccination?

If you are missing a vaccination, please contact Student Health Services to learn your options. You can also view the list of available vaccinations.

Meet the Requirements

All students must fulfill the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) requirements, as well as the meningitis requirements. Health-related professions students must also fulfill the requirements listed in the Health Professions tab.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella

Step 1. Meet the Immunity Requirements

Measles

Proof of immunity must be demonstrated by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Two doses of measles vaccine (or two doses of combined measles, mumps and rubella [MMR] vaccine) given on or after the first birthday, and at least 28 days apart; vaccines given prior to 1968 are only valid if documented to be live vaccine without gamma globulin
  • Serologic evidence of immunity (positive blood titers)
  • Proof of attendance in a U.S. primary or secondary school after 1980, plus proof of a second dose of live measles virus vaccine administered within one year prior to attending UB

Missing a Vaccination?

If you are missing a vaccination, please contact Student Health Services to learn your options. You can also view the list of available vaccinations.

Mumps

Proof of immunity must be demonstrated by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • One dose of mumps vaccine (or combined measles, mumps and rubella [MMR] vaccine) on or after the first birthday, given after January 1, 1969
  • Serologic evidence of immunity (positive blood titers)

Rubella

Proof of immunity must be demonstrated by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • One dose of rubella vaccine (or combined measles, mumps and rubella [MMR] vaccine) on or after the first birthday, given after January 1, 1969
  • Serologic evidence of immunity (positive blood titers)

Step 2. Document Proof of Immunity

Student Health Services requires documented proof of measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations. This documentation must be in English and must include the student’s name and date of birth; copies are acceptable.

You can submit any one of the following as documentation of a student’s measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations:

  • The Health Background Form completed by the student’s health care provider
  • The student’s immunizations (including actual dates) on an official government or school letterhead; the simplest place to obtain this may be from your most recently attended high school or college
  • The student’s immunizations (including actual dates) on physician’s letterhead, which includes the health care provider’s printed name, address and telephone number
  • A lab report showing blood test results that confirm immunity (positive blood titers)

Exemptions to Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunization Requirements

Exemptions are granted in some cases, as explained here. If you have further questions, please contact Student Health Services.

Students Born Before 1/1/1957

Students born prior to 1/1/1957 are exempt from providing proof of immunization.

New Students Registering for Winter Session

New students registering for Winter Session will not have to provide proof of immunization or meningitis information prior to or during Winter term attendance. However, students who plan to continue/enroll for the spring semester will need to comply with immunization and meningitis information requirements prior to Spring registration.

New, Non-Degree Students Registering for Fewer Than Six Credit Hours

New, non-degree students registering for fewer than six credit hours during the fall, spring or summer sessions will need to comply with the meningitis information requirement but may request an exemption from the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) requirement for their first session. Students who plan to continue/enroll for a subsequent session will need to comply with immunization requirements prior to their next registration window.

Online-Only and Distance Learning Students

Online-only or distance learning students will need to comply with the meningitis information requirement but are exempt from the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) requirement, as long as they will not be physically attending classes on any of UB’s three campuses. Many online-only or distance learning students have already been identified by the HUB system and the health holds are not applied. However, if a student is an online or distance-learning student who will not be physically attending class on campus does have a health hold, they may request a waiver.

Medical Exemptions

For a temporary or permanent medical exemption, the student must submit a signed statement from a health care provider that includes the reason, specific immunizations that apply, and an end date for the exemption. The medical exemption also applies to students who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Religious Exemptions

The student must submit documentation of a sincerely held religious belief. Statements from parents/guardians will only be accepted if the student is less than 18 years of age.

Active Military

The student with active military status must provide a copy of their military ID.

Honorably Discharged

The student must provide a copy of their DD 214 showing their honorable discharge.

Students with medical or religious exemptions will be allowed to register for and attend classes. However, these students may be excluded from campus in the event of a measles, mumps or rubella outbreak, per New York State Department of Health policies.

Submit Your Forms

Please do not email medical records to Student Health Services; use one of the following methods:

In Person By Mail (USPS) By Fax
Student Health Services
Michael Hall,
 South Campus
Student Health Services
Michael Hall, 
South Campus
3435 Main Street
University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY 14214
716-829-2564

International Student Recommendations

• Send your forms as soon as possible to facilitate class registration (consider air mail or an express courier)

• Do not return the forms to International Admissions

• Note: scanned copies and e-mail attachments are not permitted

How to Know If UB Received Your Completed Medical and Immunization Records

Due to the high volume of paperwork we receive, we cannot answer individual requests about whether or not we received and processed your medical and immunization records. If we received your medical and immunization records and you have met the stipulated requirements, you will not have a hold on your student account. If your paperwork is not in compliance, you will receive an email from Student Health Services.

Upon receipt of your records/forms, it typically takes 2-3 business days for Student Health Services for processing. Please only contact us if you have a hold on your student account for a prolonged period of time after submitting your records/forms (more than 3 weeks after mailing or more than 3 business days after faxing).

About Medical Records

Health and immunization records submitted to or generated by Student Health Services are held on file for 10 years.

Information About Students Over the Age of 18

In accordance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), if a patient is 18 years of age or older we cannot release any medical information to a parent, spouse, instructor, employer or anyone else other than the patient him/herself. Patients who would like Student Health Services to verify an appointment or discuss diagnosis and treatment with anyone other than themselves must sign an authorization consent form during their visit. This consent pertains to that day’s appointment only; a new release form must be signed at each visit.

Only for Health Care Provided by Student Health Services

If other individuals or agencies have provided confidential information to Student Health Services, you cannot use the authorization form to re-release this information. For copies of medical records that came from another individual or agency, please contact that original individual or agency directly.

Need Help?

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564