Immunizations - Level 1(b) : For students who entered UAB prior to Summer Semester 2016

Immunization Requirements

Please submit your proof of immunization and forms to the Medical Clearance Department via the Patient Portal.

UAB students who matriculated prior to Summer 2016 utilized a web-based medical clearance process. The service was provided by CertifiedBackground.com, a secure, confidential web-based company that is HIPPA/FERPA compliant. They provided an Immunization Tracker and Certified Record Review.

Students who used CertifiedBackground.com are encouraged to transfer their records to UAB Student Health Services. At Student Health Services, we offer Immunization Tracking and Medical Clearance consultations as needed. To transfer your records, please log in to CertifiedBackground.com to retrieve your records and then submit them to Student Health Services via the Patient Portal under Immunizations. If you have difficulty or need assistance transferring these records, please message the Medical Clearance department through the Patient Portal or call 205-975-7751 or 205-975-7753 for assistance.

Non-Clinical Domestic Immunization Form Due Dates and General Information

Immunization Requirements

  • I. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

    All students born in the U.S. after 1/1/1957 must satisfy this requirement, either by official documentation of two vaccine doses against each of the three diseases or laboratory evidence of immunity to all 3 diseases.

    1. Two doses of MMR vaccine given at least 28 days apart with the first dose given after 12 months of age.
    2. Two doses of each vaccine component (eg. 2 doses of measles, 2 mumps, 2 rubella).
    3. Laboratory Evidence of immunity to all three diseases (antibody blood titers).
      • If any laboratory titers are non-immune, 1 repeat vaccine must be given.
    4. All students born in the U.S. prior to January 1, 1957 are exempt from this requirement.
  • II. Tdap – (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis)

    1. All students 11-64 must have had one dose of adult Tdap. If the Tdap is more than 10 years old, a Td booster is required.
      • In the absence of proof of immunization, Tdap can be administered regardless of interval since the last tetanus-diptheria toxoid-containing vaccine.
    2. Adults should receive decennial Td boosters, beginning 10 years after receiving the Tdap.
  • III. Varicella (Chickenpox/Shingles)

    All students born in the U.S. after 1/1/1980 must satisfy this requirement , either by documented history of Varicella or Herpes Zoster (Shingles), a positive Varicella antibody titer, or two doses of Varicella vaccines.

    1. History of Varicella (chickenpox or shingles) must be documented by healthcare provider and must include date of disease.
    2. With no documentation of disease, a Varicella IgG antibody blood titer is required.
      • If VZVIgG positive, no additional vaccines required.
      • If VZVIgG negative or equivocal, 2 additional vaccinations are required.
    3. Two doses of Varicella vaccine, given at least 28 days apart.
    4. All students born in the U.S. prior to 01/01/1980 are exempt from this requirement.
  • IV. Meningococcal

    1. All students 21 and younger must provide proof of an immunization against meningitis (Menactra, Menveo, or Mennomune) given any time after the 16th birthday, even if a vaccine dose was given at a younger age.
    2. All students 22 and older are exempt from this requirement.
  • V. Tuberculosis Screening

    *ALL TB TESTING (skin, blood, Chest X-Ray) MUST BE PERFORMED IN THE U.S.

    1. All students must meet the Tuberculosis Screening requirement by completint the If positive skin test or IGRA result, Chest X-Ray within 3 months prior to matriculation and UAB TB Questionnaire are required.
      • If Chest X-Ray result is negative for Tuberculosis, no additional testing required. *
      • If Chest X-Ray result is positive for tuberculosis, proof of initiation of appropriate therapy is required, and the student will not be allowed on campus until cleared by the Jefferson County Department of Health and UAB Student Health & Wellness.
    2. If medication therapy has been completed, documentation of completion of therapy, Chest X-Ray performed in the United States within the past 2 years, and UAB TB Questionnaire are required.

    *It is highly recommended that all students with a positive TB test (PPD or IGRA) but with a normal Chest X-Ray, representing Latent TB (Infected but No active Disease) receive optional prophylactic therapy to reduce the risk of TB infection progressing to active TB disease.

    **Annual Tb screening is required for those with a history of positive skin test, blood test, or Chest X-Ray. Please visit our TB TESTING POLICY for additional details.

  • If individuals do not have proof or have not been immunized, they must be immunized against these diseases prior to attending, enrolling, or participation in UAB academic, research, observing, or clinical program activities.
  • Enrolling students must show proof of these immunizations with either an official certificate of immunization, a photocopy of an immunization certificate, or written documentation from their physician. Students must provide proof of their immunizations and TB testing. The preferred and most efficient method to accomplish this is to download the First-Time Entering Domestic Immunization Form from the website. This form should be completed by the documenting physician’s office and faxed or mailed to the UAB by that office or the student (see above).

General

The UAB Student Health Services will provide such immunizations and titer testing on a fee-for-service basis for any student who needs to meet the UAB immunization or titer requirements. Students may choose to fulfil these requirements at your local health department or a private physician.

Exceptions

Exceptions to this policy may be made in limited circumstances for students who can document medical and/or other contraindications to the vaccine. Requests for exceptions must be submitted to UAB Student Health Services for consideration and approval.

Students enrolled in online classes only, with no on-campus classes, are exempted from these requirements.