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Required and Recommended Immunizations Overview

Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of many diseases, in part due to factors such as non-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel. University Health Services, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of individual students and the campus community. For additional information about how to submit immunization information, please visit the Penn State Immunization Compliance page.

For the safety of our campus community, student who do not provide proper evidence of immunity may be removed from campus during a communicable disease outbreak.

Required Immunizations For Incoming Degree-Seeking Students.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

To satisfy Penn State vaccine requirements, students must provide:

The first dose must have been given on or after the student's first birthday. Dose two must have been given at least four weeks after dose one.

Required Immunizations for Students Living in University Housing

Meningococcal

Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4): also known as Menveo, Menactra. This vaccine is effective against the most common meningococcal infections caused by serogroups A, C, W, and Y. One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine administered at age 16 or older is required of all incoming students living in University housing. Students may request an exemption from this requirement if there is a medical contraindication to vaccination or if religious or philosophical beliefs prohibit immunization by completing the Meningococcal Immunization Waiver.

Strongly Recommended Immunizations

Meningococcal Vaccine (MenB)

Also known as Bexsero or Trumenba. This vaccine is effective against most of the more common meningococcal infections caused by serogroup B. These vaccines are given in a series of either 2 or 3 injections and are not interchangeable. (Note: This vaccine alone does not satisfy the Meningococcal Housing Requirement)

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine are needed for immunity. The doses must be administered at least 28 days apart.

OR a blood test confirming immunity if you have had the chicken pox disease.

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)

1 dose of Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis, NOT to be confused with DTap or Td) vaccine is needed for immunity.

Td vaccine booster is also needed if >10 years since the Tdap was administered.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is transmitted through body fluids, including blood.

3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine are needed for immunity. Doses 1 and 2 must be administered at least 4 weeks apart. Dose 3 should be at least 6 months after the 1st dose and 8 weeks after dose 2. A blood test may be used to confirm immunity.

Hepatitis A Vaccine (HepA)

2 Dose Series: HepA vaccine is a 2-dose series given 6-18 months apart. In some cases, Hep A and Hep B are given as a combined vaccine, which would necessitate that 3 doses are needed for immunity.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

3 Dose Series: Three different vaccines have been used in the U.S. [Cervarix (bivalent HPV vaccine), Gardasil (Quadrivalent HPV vaccine), Gardasil-9 (9-valent HPV vaccine)]; all three are given in a 3-dose series and are needed for immunity.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PVC13) or 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.

Recommended for students with certain medical risk factors or high risk of pneumococcal disease.

Additional Vaccine Resources:

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

American College Health Association (ACHA)

Immunization Requirements Quick Reference
Student Living in University Housing Not Living in University Housing
New Incoming Students (Undergraduate and Gradaute)
  • Submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Meningococcal Conjugate immunization information via the two-step submission process.
  • Submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) immunization information via the two-step submission process.
  • Meningococcal vaccine is strongly recommended but NOT required.
Returning Student
  • Re-submission of immunization information is not required.
  • If you have not previously submitted immunization information, you are required to submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Meningococcal Conjugate information via the two-step submission process.
  • Re-submission of immunization information is not required.
  • If you have not previously submitted immunization information, you are required to submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) information via the two-step submission process.
  • Meningococcal vaccine is strongly recommended but NOT required.
Change of Campus Student
  • Re-submission of immunization information is not required.
  • If you have not previously submitted immunization information, you are required to submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Meningococcal Conjugate information via the two-step submission process.
  • Re-submission of immunization information is not required.
  • If you have not previously submitted immunization information, you are required to submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) information via the two-step submission process.
  • Meningococcal vaccine is strongly recommended but NOT required.
Transfer Student

(Institution other than Penn State)
  • Submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Meningococcal Conjugate immunization information via the two-step submission process.
  • Submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) immunization information via the two-step submission process.
  • Meningococcal vaccine is strongly recommended but NOT required.
Exchange Student or
Non-Degree Seeking Student


  • Submit Meningococcal Conjugate immunization information via the two-step submission process.
  • No action is required; however, for our records to be up to date, if you have not already submitted immunization records, you may fax or have your health care provider fax your records to:
    814-865-9309 Attn: PSU Immunization Compliance Office.
World Campus Student

  • Submit Meningococcal Conjugate immunization information via the two-step submission process.
  • No action is required

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