Immunization Requirement & Information
All students are required to have the following:
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Immunization
Colorado State law requires that all students enrolled for one or more classes and born on or after January 1, 1957 must provide proof of two vaccinations for measles and mumps and one vaccination for rubella prior to enrollment. The completed Immunization record must:
- Include your name and birth date.
- Show proof of two vaccinations for measles and mumps and one vaccination for rubella given no earlier than 4 days before the student's first birthday. There must be at least 28 calendar days between the two vaccinations.
- Include the day, month and year of vaccinations.
- Be signed by a doctor, nurse, or school official and dated after the last MMR.
- Be translated into English.
Note: If laboratory evidence is used for proof of immunity, the test result(s) must be attached (showing range of immunity). The CSU Health Network will not accept a statement by a doctor or parent stating that a student had the disease. You must have documentation of vaccination or a laboratory test of immunity. A hold will be placed on your registration status if we do not receive the acceptable documents.
You have the legal right to sign an exemption from this vaccination for personal or medical reasons. If you do so, you will be subject to quarantine and excluded from campus in the case of an outbreak of measles, mumps, or rubella.
You can most likely get your immunization records from:
- Your high school or previous college
- Your doctor's office
- Your official immunization documents
If you are unable to locate your records, print the certificate of immunization for college students and submit it to a health or school official for completion.
Submit a clean, readable copy of your records to the Immunizations Clinic by:
CSU Health Network
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8031
E-mail scanned original (with health care provider's signature):
Or please call: (970) 491-6548 if you have any questions.
You should recieve the required vaccinations and submit the completed records well before you register for classes, however, if you are unable to locate your records, the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination is available at the CSU Health Network Immunizations Clinic located in the Hartshorn Health Center.
All new students must submit immunization records by the following deadlines or a hold will be placed on your student account and you will be unable to register for the following semester.
Deadline Dates for Immunization Records:
Fall 2013 Semester: September 13
Spring 2014 Semester: February 15
If you continue to have an immunization hold as of the following dates, a charge of $25 will be placed on your account. You will not be able to register until you comply with this State requirement.
Hold Placement Dates:
Fall 2013 Semester: October 18
Spring 2014 Semester: March 22
The following is a checklist of vaccinations recommended by the American College Health Association (ACHA). Review your records with your primary health care physician to ensure that they are up to date:
- Tetanus and Diphtheria: Tetanus and diphtheria boosters have been recommended every 10 years. A new vaccine licensed in 2005 contains tetanus, diphtheria, as well as pertussis. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious illness that can be transmitted by cough and is especially dangerous to infants and young children. The incidence of pertussis is at a 40 year high in the U.S. and has increased locally in recent years. A one-time booster with Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) is recommended to all students who need to update their tetanus vaccine. It may be given any time after the last Td (tetanus-diphtheria) booster.
- Hepatitis B: This is a serious liver disease spread by contact with an infected person's blood or body fluids. It affects about 300,000 Americans each year. Illness ranges from a silent disease to chronic liver failure. There is no cure for Hepatitis B disease but there is a safe vaccine to prevent it. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American College Health Association strongly recommend that students receive vaccination prior to coming to college.
- Meningococcal: Meningococcal disease is a rare but potentially fatal bacterial disease. It is a contagious but largely preventable infection of the spinal cord fluid and the fluid surrounding the brain. Scientific evidence suggests that college students living in dormitory facilities are at a modestly increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease. Immunization against the disease decreases the risk of contracting the disease. A booster dose is recommended at age 16.
- Tuberculin Skin Test (TB Screening): Tuberculosis is a potentially contagious and common disease worldwide.
The screening is recommended for all students with:
All individuals with a positive skin or blood test will be referred for medical evaluation.
- Travel or origin from regions where TB is common (most areas of Africa, Asia, Central and South America)
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, immunodeficiency
- Possible exposure to TB
- Varicella (Chickenpox): This vaccine is recommended for all students who have not had chickenpox. In June 2006, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that everyone, children and adults, should receive two doses of varicella vaccine. The ACIP recommends a second, catch-up varicella vaccination for all children, adolescents and adults who previously had received only one dose.
- Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S. Some forms of HPV can cause cervical cancer. HPV2 and HPV4 vaccines protect against most major types of HPV and are licensed for females ages 9-26. HPV4 is licensed for males ages 9-26.
All of the above vaccines are available at the CSU Health Network during Preview, residence hall/apartment check-in, and throughout the year.
Other vaccinations, including those recommended or required for travel, are available. For details and information about travel health services, visit the CSU Health Network Travel Clinic web page.
Influenza (flu) vaccine is available seasonally. Call the Immunization Clinic at (970) 491-6548 or check the CSU Health Network website periodically about availability. Visit the Health Tools & Resources section of our website for more information about the flu.
If you would like information about how to release your immunizations records from Colorado State University, please call the Help Desk at (970) 491-7978.