Immunization Requirement & Information

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Requirements

Colorado State law requires that all students enrolled for one or more classes on campus 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.
  • 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 documentation 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 for the following semester if we do not receive the acceptable documents.

You have the legal right to sign an exemption from this vaccination for personal, medical, or religious 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.

Vaccine Requirements for Students Living in Student Housing

For students residing in student housing, Colorado Law requires students to fulfill two requirements for Meningococcal Vaccine:

  1. Sign a statement that you have reviewed the Meningococcal Disease Information Document, which describes meningococcal disease and the vaccine that can prevent the disease.
  2. Indicate whether you a) have received the Meningococcal Vaccine, b) plan to have the vaccine administered, or c) are “waiving” the requirement and declining to receive the vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices currently recommends that adolescents age 11 – 18 receive two doses of the Meningococcal Vaccine – the  first dose at 11 or 12 and a booster dose at age 16. If the first dose is given after the 16th birthday a booster is not needed.

To fulfill these requirements, students must log on to their CSU Health Network Portal and complete the electronic Meningitis Form. If you have had or plan to have the vaccination, then you must also submit official documentation that the vaccine was given. You may send this information to the CSU Health Network Immunizations Clinic by mail, fax, e-mail (scanned copy) or personal delivery to CSU Health & Medical Center, 151 W. Lake St.

Mail:    Colorado State University
CSU Health Network
Immunizations Clinic
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8031

Fax:     (970) 491-0268

E-mail:             CSUHN_immunize@mail.colostate.edu (scanned copy)

Failure to complete the Meningitis Vaccine Requirement will delay your registration for the following semester.

Obtaining, Sending, and Releasing Immunization Records

You can most likely get your immunization records from:

  • Your high school or previous college
  • Your doctor’s office
  • Your official immunization documents
  • CIIS – Colorado Immunization Information System

Submit a clean, readable copy of your immunization record or your Certificate of Immunizations to the Immunizations Clinic by:

Fax:
(970) 491-0268

Mail: 
CSU Health Network
Immunizations Clinic
8031 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8031

E-mail scanned original (with health care provider’s signature):
CSUHN_immunize@mail.colostate.edu

Hand Delivery: You can deliver your records in person to the Immunizations Clinic, which is located at the CSU Health & Medical Center, 151 W. Lake St.

Or please call: (970) 491-6548 if you have any questions.

You should receive 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 CSU Health & Medical Center, 151 W. Lake St.

If you would like information about how to release your immunizations records from Colorado State University, please call (970) 491-7121.

Immunization Deadlines/Holds

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.

Hold Placement Dates:

Fall hold date October 16, 2015
Spring hold date February 19th, 2016

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.

Charge Placed on Account:

Fall fee date November 13th, 2015
Spring fee date March 18th, 2016

Immunization Recommendations

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:
    • 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

    All individuals with a positive skin or blood test will be referred for medical evaluation.

  • 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): Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S, causing genital warts as well as some cancers. HPV vaccines protect against strains that cause 80% of HPV-related cancers and 90% of genital wart cases and are licensed for males and females up to age 26. The most common HPV-related cancer in women is cervical and in men HPV causes more mouth/throat cancers than anything else. HPV can also cause other cancers in the genital region including penile, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers.

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.

Flu Shots

Influenza (flu) vaccine is available seasonally. Call the Immunization Clinic at (970) 491-7121 or check the CSU Health Network website periodically about availability. Visit the Flu/Cold Prevention & Care section of our website for more information about the flu.

Health History and Tuberculosis Screening Forms

To receive the best medical care possible, it’s helpful for the CSU Health Network care providers to know medical history before a student is seen.  Take some time to fill out the Health History and Tuberculosis Screening information. Please complete these forms through our CSU Health Network Portal.

If a student answers yes to one of the questions on the Tuberculosis Screening Form in the Portal, he or she must have a Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD) or T-Spot/QuantiFERON blood test and complete the Tuberculosis Test Form. The TB test results are to then be submitted to the address on the form.