Frequently Asked Questions
Who is required to submit immunization information and what immunizations are required?
Any student under the age of 26 attending higher education in the USA is required to submit proof that they have been immunized against:
- Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), given after 1 year of age and at least 30 days apart,
- One Diphtheria/Tetanus booster given within the past ten years,
- Two doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine 60 days apart or titer results indicating immunity,
- A series of three Hepatitis B immunizations administered over a 6 month period. The second dose should have been administered 30 days after dose one, and the third dose should have been administered 4 months after dose two. Students who received the Hepatitis B vaccination under a different administration schedule should provide titer results proving immunity.
- Students residing on campus must also be immunized against meningocccal meningitis or sign a waiver stating that they are aware of the risks of meningitis and do not wish to be immunized against the disease.
- Students under the age of 18 must also show proof of being vaccinated against polio.
Do USA Universities generally require an entrance physical?
No, most American Universities do not require a physical for newly admitted students.
What vaccines are recommended?
While the actual list of vaccinations may vary, generally speaking most of the following vaccines are recommended
- DPT/ Tdap (in the last 10 years)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza – every year
- MMR * 2 doses
- Polio – Injection preferred
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) * 2 doses
What additional vaccines are recommended?
It is recommended (but not mandatory) that all female students receive the HPV (Cervical Cancer) vaccination.
Are any other tests recommended before coming to US from India?
Most universities insist that students who have traveled developing countries with a high incidence of TB (including India) receive a TB test prior to coming to USA. A skin test PPD (Mantoux test) is generally recommended and this can be performed easily at most laboratories in India. Some universities ask for a blood test called Quantiferon TB or TB gold too. Finally, you need to check whether the University wants to do the TB tests in US itself or want the student to come with the reports of these tests. All the tests can be arranged by prior appointment at TravelSafe Clinic, India.
If I am in the process of completing any of the vaccines that require multiple doses, will I be permitted to register for classes?
Yes. As long as you are in the process of completing the immunization requirements you will be able to register for classes. However, a stop may be put on your account if you do not complete the immunization series.
If I have my own copy of health and immunization records, is it still necessary to complete the University Immunization form?
Yes. The University Immunization Form must be submitted in its original format. You must complete the form and have it signed and stamped by a medical provider. The experienced doctors at TravelSafe Clinic would be happy to assist you in completing all your medical formalities in this situation.
Is the Meningococcal (Meningitis) vaccine required?
The Meningococcal vaccine is required for all first year students living in university sponsored housing. If you do not wish to be vaccinated against meningitis you must sign a waiver stating that you are aware of the risks of meningitis. You can read more about Meningococcal disease & vaccination here
What can I do if I cannot access my prior immunization records?
If you do not have access to your prior immunization records, you will need to have a blood test called a blood titer. A blood titer will show if you have either had the disease in the past, or have immunity based on prior vaccination. Again, these tests can be done at TravelSafe Clinic with prior appointment. The reports of these tests can often take a few days, so please plan accordingly.
I did not have the varicella (chicken pox) vaccination because I contracted the chicken pox. What do I need to do?
If you did not have the varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, but had the disease, you will need to present blood titer results for varicella (chicken pox).
Are all of the required immunizations available at TravelSafe Clinic branches across India?
Yes, all of the required immunizations can be administered at the TravelSafe Clinic branches across India. Please call us for our fee schedule for the costs of each immunization. Please take prior appointment for vaccinations.
What do I need to do if I wish to be exempted from receiving immunizations due to my medical history?
You can be granted an exemption from the mandatory immunization requirement due to medical reasons or your religious beliefs. To be granted an exemption:
- Provide a letter from your medical provider or religious leader stating the reason you wish to be exempted
- Provide copies of titer results for MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) and other diseases as mentioned on the University forms