Immunization and Meningitis Requirements

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

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Are you having trouble getting a copy of your immunizations?

We are aware that incoming students may have difficulty obtaining immunization records with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Rest assured that you still have plenty of time to obtain and submit your records to us as Fall 2020 classes do not begin until August 31, 2020.

To make things as easy as possible for our students, we will accept records via mail, fax, or email. Here are some ways you may be able to obtain a copy of your records:

  • Your current or previous healthcare providers - Don't forget vaccines received at local public health departments. Many medical practices have an online portal you can use to print a copy of your immunizations. Call your doctor's office to find out how to best access your immunization records. 
  • Schools/Colleges/Previous employers/Military - You can contact your high school or health services at your previous college to see if they have a copy of your records. Many colleges have an online portal you can use to access a digital copy of your records. 
  • State immunization registries - For NY state residents, you can call (518) 473-2839 or email NYSIIS at nysiis@health.ny.gov to request a copy of your immunization history. For students not from NY state, call the CDC Information Contact Center at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).

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.

MMR (Everyone) Meningitis (Everyone) Health Majors

Measles, Mumps and Rubella

Exemptions to Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunization Requirements

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

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 use one of the following methods to submit your records:

Submitting Your Records
By Email By Mail (USPS) By Fax
Email our office 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

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 5-7 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 5 business days (7 business days during high volume months of June, July & August) 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.

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.

Need Help?

Health Services

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

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