UB requires you to meet certain health-related requirements.
UB students must upload vaccine documentation to their medical record via Student Health Services' patient portal. Your records will be reviewed in the order they were received. Be sure to check your HUB account often, and contact our office if your holds haven’t been removed in 7-10 business days.
All incoming students must provide an official record in English of their measles, mumps and rubella immunity and meet the meningitis information requirement. Course registration is blocked until the requirements are fulfilled.
In addition, new and continuing students in health-related professions must meet additional requirements, as noted below.
Continuing as a UB Student?
We encourage you to read the requirements and directions carefully to avoid errors that may lead to delays in class registration.
Students who are taking fully remote courses can choose to submit a waiver form for MMR and Meningitis each semester that they remain a fully remote learner. The waiver enables us to future-date your health holds through the last day of drop/add for that semester. To permanently remove the health holds, please submit proof of MMR immunity.
The State University of New York announced that a COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be mandated for students to attend SUNY’s 64 campuses, effective for summer courses, which coincides with the official end of the national public health emergency by President Biden’s administration.
All students must provide documentation of their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunity and meet the meningitis information requirement. Health-related profession students (also known as Health Majors) must also fulfill the requirements listed in the Health Majors tab.
In addition to fulfilling the standard requirements — measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and the meningitis information requirement — 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:
Health-related students must sign the self-attestation statement electronically in their Patient Portal annually.
The federal government and New York State have repealed the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for healthcare workers; therefore, the COVID-19 vaccine is no longer required for health-related program students at UB. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that everyone in the U.S. be up to date with Covid vaccination.
Health-related students must begin the vaccine series prior to starting their health-related academic program and must complete the series by the end of their program’s first year. Positive blood titer results (Hepatitis B Surface Antibody) are also acceptable proof of immunity (must provide copy of lab report with reference range). For first year medical students, the Hepatitis B Surface Antibody, Quantitative blood titer is required. If titer is negative, additional vaccination and blood testing will be required.
Health-related students must receive an influenza vaccine annually during the current flu season (typically starting in September through March of the following year.) Your academic department may or may not allow you to decline the flu vaccine – contact your academic department directly.
Health-related students must have received a tetanus booster within the last 10 years; at least one adult dose must have contained pertussis.
Health-related students must demonstrate immunity through one of the following:
Health-related 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.
Required only for students in the International Dental Program (IDP), first year dental, nursing ABS, and third year nursing program.
The Self-Attestation of Health statement must be signed electronically on an annual basis by the student in their Patient Portal. To meet the Annual Immunization Review & TB testing requirements, Health-related profession students can either make an Annual Immunization Review appointment at Student Health Services, or submit one of the following annually via upload to the student’s Patient Portal
The due date for the annual immunization review will be determined and announced by your academic department.
Please use one of the following methods to submit your records:
• Send your forms as soon as possible to facilitate class registration
• Do not return the forms to International Admissions
Once your immunization records have been received, processed, reviewed and deemed compliant with requirements, your health holds will be removed; this will be reflected in your HUB Student Center in real time. This usually occurs 5-10 business days after we receive your compliant records (although it can take a few extra business days during the 3 months prior to the start of a semester).
Students will not be individually contacted to confirm receipt of records. Please check the HUB system (NOT your Patient Portal) for the current status of your holds.
If your paperwork is not in compliance, you will receive an electronic message from Student Health Services. This message is sent to the student’s @buffalo.edu email address.
Please contact us only if you have a hold on your account for a prolonged period of time after submitting your records/forms:
Please allow 10-15 business days for Student Health Services to process your records and update UB Learns.
Current students can print out their immunization history by using the patient portal.
Former students must complete the Authorization to Release or Obtain Medical Records form and return it to Student Health Services via fax or mail.
Please note: It takes several weeks for our staff to manually enter student immunization data into this system. For this reason, the patient portal immunization history may not be up to date for all students, especially first year students.
Health and immunization records submitted to or generated by Student Health Services are held on file for 7 years from the date of submission.
Consent is required from students 18 years old and over, before Student Health Services can release any medical information to another person.
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.