Tennessee State Law requires that all full-time students in Tennessee state colleges and universities meet certain immunization requirements for enrollment.
Varicella (Chickenpox) immunity is required for all full-time students born after 1979.
Proof of immunity to varicella (chickenpox) requirement can be met by:
- Date of birth before January 1, 1980
- A healthcare provider (physician, advanced practice nurse or Tennessee Health Department nurse) report of immunity because you have had chickenpox in the past
- Documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine given at least 28 days apart, excluding doses given earlier than four days before the first birthday, or
- Documentation of a blood test (serology) showing immunity to varicella
Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunity is required for all full-time students born after 1956.
Proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella requirement can be met by:
- Date of birth before January 1, 1957
- Documentation of two doses of vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella given at least 28 days apart, excluding doses given earlier than four days before the first birthday, or
- Documentation of blood test (serology) showing immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella
Hepatitis B Immunization Health History Form must be completed by all new students. All students must provide a signed Hepatitis B Waiver Form acknowledging that the student has received information concerning Hepatitis B infection and vaccination. Please read this form
carefully, complete the required section, sign it, and return it to the Northeast State Office of Admissions and Records. This form must be on file before attending classes.
- Childhood records
- High school you last attended
- Local health department where you grew up
- Childhood pediatrician
- Students born after the mid-1990s may have records entered in a state-managed immunization registry.
Always retain a copy of your immunization record for future reference. If records cannot be located, vaccination is recommended since additional doses of vaccine are not harmful.
- Health Insurance. Students with health insurance should check with their healthcare provider or insurer.
- Vaccines for Children Program. Each person younger than age 19 who has TennCare (Medicaid) or is uninsured, or is an American Indian or Alaskan Native, or whose insurance does not cover immunizations is entitled to federally funded vaccine through the federal VFC Program at any
health department or participating medical clinic. Eligibility for this program ends on the 19th birthday.
Local Health Departments
- Any student younger than 19 can receive needed vaccines at local health departments at no cost for the vaccine. An administration fee may be charged.
- Students age 19 or older who have no proof of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination may request vaccine at a local health department. An administration fee may be charged.
- New students age 19 or older without insurance coverage for vaccines who need varicella vaccines may request them at local health departments. An administration fee may be charged.
- Due to limited funds, federally funded hepatitis B vaccine is not currently available at health departments for health science students aged 19 or older. However, this vaccine is widely available in medical offices, some student health centers, and some
pharmacies (with a prescription).
- Blood tests to check for evidence of immunity are not available through health departments.
Information about Immunization requirements is posted on the Tennessee Department of Health website: www.tn.gov/health/article/college-immunization-requirements.