Penn State simplifies process for submitting immunization information

March 22, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — University Health Services, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, has updated the submission process for student immunization information. The new two-step process provides a streamlined approach to submitting required immunization documents.

Immunization requirements are applicable to all incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students at University Park and all Penn State Commonwealth Campuses.

Students can download and print the Penn State Immunization Verification Form online via the University Health Services website, and take a copy to their health care provider for completion. Once completed, images of the form must be uploaded to University Health Services’ myUHS portal for final review and approval.

Current Penn State students who have not yet submitted immunization information through myUHS should do so before June 1; new incoming students should submit information no later than Aug. 21.

After these deadlines, students who have not submitted immunization information will have a registration hold placed on their account. The registration hold will prohibit students from making any changes to their schedule including adding or dropping classes. Students will also be unable to register for spring 2018 courses until the requirement has been met.

It is important to note that while the process for collecting immunization information has been updated, Penn State’s immunization requirements have not changed.

Penn State requires that all incoming undergraduate and graduate students be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella. In addition, all students living in University housing must receive the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), which protects against infections caused by serogroups A, C, W and Y.

Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that peaks among adolescents and young adults aged 16 through 21 years; first-year college students living in residence halls and shared housing are at higher risk for meningococcal disease than other students.

In addition to the required immunizations, Penn State also strongly recommends that students receive the following vaccines: serogroup B meningococcal, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap), hepatitis B, hepatitis A, human papillomavirus (HPV) and pneumococcal (for students with certain medical risk factors) and an annual flu vaccine.

It is the goal of Penn State to provide a safe, secure and healthy learning environment to all students. Incoming students must submit the Penn State Immunization Verification Form to provide record of their immunization information prior to their arrival at the University. Those who need to receive any of the aforementioned immunizations may schedule an appointment with University Health Services at University Park, the health center on their campus or with a health care provider in their local community.

To obtain additional information on immunization requirements, waiver forms and submission instructions please visit University Health Services website, http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/immunizations/.

Last Updated May 01, 2017