Immunization and Meningitis Requirements

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

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What Is Required?

All incoming students must provide an official record of their measles, mumps and rubella immunity and meet the meningitis requirements. They must do so before registering for classes.

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

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

Continuing as a UB Student?

  • Only students new to UB need to submit documentation of MMR and Meningitis immunizations.
  • If you were an undergraduate student at UB and are enrolling in a graduate program, you will not need to submit this documentation again.
  • Students pursuing health-related profession programs have additional immunization 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 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 major students must also fulfill the requirements listed in the Health Majors tab.

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Additional Immunization & Health Screening Requirements for Health-Related Program Students

In addition to fulfilling the standard requirements — measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as well as meningitis information — students in health-related programs must provide additional documentation. Your academic department should notify you if you are in a health-related program; typically, these include the following fields:

  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Technology
  • Nuclear Medical Technology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Exercise Science
  • Athletic Training
  • Dietetic Interns

Step 1. Meet the Immunity and Health Screening Requirements for Health-Related Programs

Self-attestation Statement

All students must sign the self-attestation statement annually. Please see Annual Immunization Review (AIR) Form for more information. As an alternative to this statement, students may submit proof of a physical exam done by a healthcare provider within the past year.

Hepatitis B

All students must begin the three-dose vaccine series prior to starting their academic program and must complete the series by the end of their program’s first year. Positive blood titer results (Hepatitis B Surface Antibody, Quantitative) are also acceptable proof of immunity (must provide copy of lab report). For first year medical students, the Hepatitis B Surface Antibody, Quantitative blood titer is required. If titer is negative, future additional vaccination and blood testing will be required.

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis

All students must have received a tetanus booster within the last 10 years; at least one adult dose must have contained pertussis.

Chickenpox (Varicella)

All students must demonstrate immunity through one of the following:

  • Two doses of Varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart and given after 1st birthday; OR
  • Medical provider documented history of disease; OR
  • Positive blood titer result (Varicella antibody IgG). Must provide copy of laboratory report.

Tuberculosis

All students, including those with a history of positive TB testing, must be screened for Tuberculosis annually, please see Annual Immunization Review (AIR) Form for more information.

Physical Exam

Required only for students in International Dental Program (IDP), first year dental, nursing ABS, and third year nursing program.

Step 2. Document Proof of Immunity & Health Status

Health-related profession students must submit the Annual Immunization Review (AIR) Form, including a PPD test (or symptom review for previous positive PPD) and signed certification of health status. This form must be submitted annually.

The due date for the annual immunization review will be determined and announced by your academic department.

How to Complete the Annual Immunization Form

At Student Health Services

Outside of Student Health Services

You can make an appointment to complete the Annual Immunization Review form at Student Health Services. Ask your health care provider to complete the Annual Immunization Review form, then return the form to Student Health Services once completed.

Submit Your Forms

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

Submitting Your Records
In Person By Mail (USPS) By Fax
Health Services
Michael Hall, South Campus
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

Did UB Receive My Medical and Immunization Records?

New/Incoming Students

Once your immunization records have been received, processed, reviewed and deemed compliant with requirements by our immunization coordinator, your IMM and MEN holds will be removed; this will be reflected in your HUB Student Center in real time. This will occur 2-3 business days after we receive your compliant records.

Students will not be individually contacted to confirm receipt of records. Please check the HUB system for the current status of your service indicators.

If your paperwork is not in compliance, you will receive an email from Health Services.

Please contact us only if you have a hold on your account for a prolonged period of time after submitting your records/forms:

  • More than 7 business days after faxing or bringing in-person
  • More than 3 weeks after mailing

Returning Students in a Health-Related Program

Please allow 10 business days for Health Services to process your records and update UBlearns.

Need a copy of your immunization records?

Current students can print out their immunization history by using the PatientLink portal.

Former students must complete the Authorization to Release or Obtain Medical Records form and return it to Health Services via fax or mail.

About Medical Records

Health and immunization records submitted to or generated by 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 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 Health Services

If other individuals or agencies have provided confidential information to 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?

Health Services

Student Life

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

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