Measles Requirement

The University of Washington requires all students to show that they are protected from measles by providing proof of immunity. The goal of this requirement is to protect UW students, faculty, and staff from diseases like measles and mumps.

The UW Measles Requirement is separate from the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP).

Measles immunity documents you can use

There are two types of documents you can use to meet the requirement:

  • A vaccine record that shows two measles shots given after the age of one year and more than 28 days apart. Abbreviations that your health care provider might use for the vaccine include ME, MM, MR, MMR and MMRV.

 

  • A blood test* showing that you are protected from measles, otherwise known as a titer test. If the result of the blood test is negative or uncertain, you will need to be vaccinated. Make sure the lab report shows:
    • Date of the blood draw
    • Titer count
    • Reading of the result

Sources of documentation

You can use immunization records or blood test reports from a doctor, clinic, insurance company, state, pharmacy, lab, and school record. Your source must not accept self-reporting.

Other document requirements

Your document must show your name and date of birth, the document’s source and contact information. All documents must be easy to read. If we cannot read your document, or if it does not follow the instructions above, you may not be able to register for class.

When to submit documentation

First year students and transfer students should submit documentation 5 weeks before registration. All other students, submit your measles documentation at least 3 weeks before you register for class. You can refer to the UW Registrar for registration dates.

What if I don’t have a document that meets the criteria listed above?

If you don’t have a record that meet the criteria above, you have two choices:

  • You can get a blood test for immunity to measles, otherwise known as a titer test. If the result shows immunity, submit the lab report (see above for guidelines), following the instructions below (“How to submit proof of immunity”).
  • If you have less than two immunizations, or if your immunizations do not meet the guidelines listed above, stop by Hall Health Center or make an appointment with a health care provider for vaccination.

Where to go for testing and vaccination

All students can get measles tests and vaccinations at Hall Health Center on a drop-in basis. You do not need to be a Hall Health patient to come in. Blood tests are done by UW Laboratory Medicine.

Either the vaccine or the blood test may be billed to your health insurance. You are responsible for any charges not covered by your health insurance. Learn more about health insurance and billing at Hall Health here.

Bring photo ID, your Husky card, and your health insurance card to all health care appointments.

How to submit proof of immunity

  • Complete the Measles Cover Sheet and scan or take a picture with your phone (.jpg or .pdf)
  • Email the completed Measles Cover Sheet along with your immunization record or blood test result to measles@uw.edu as attachments (.jpg or .pdf). Please do not embed images of your documentation in the body of the email.
  • Include the following items in subject line of the email:
    • 7-digit UW student ID number
    • Last name
    • First initial
    • Quarter and year
    • Please look over your documents and email before sending. Submissions that don’t follow the guidelines outlined here delay the process for everyone.

 

Communication via email over the internet is not secure. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that information included in an email might be accessible to parties other than the intended recipient. If you are concerned that sending your immunization records via email is not completely secure, we suggest you use one of the other means of sending your immunization records.

What happened to MedProctor?

In May of 2017, Hall Health Center ended the contract with MedProctor. Measles verification will be handled internally for the foreseeable future.

What if I already uploaded my documents to MedProctor and received an email that I satisfied the requirement?

If you have already uploaded your documentation and satisfied the requirement through MedProctor, your eligibility to register is still in place.

Student data stored on the MedProctor site is protected by the terms of the contract and will be transferred to the University of Washington when the contract is terminated.

If you paid the $10 fee, please contact support@medproctor.com to cancel your “Lifetime Account,” unsubscribe to continued “reminder” emails and get a refund.   If you have any difficulty in getting a refund, please email measles@uw.edu with a subject line that includes the following:

  • “MP Refund”
  • 7-digit UW student ID number
  • Last name
  • First initial
  • Quarter and year 

Need assistance?

Phone
UW Measles Requirement hotline
(206) 616-4672

Email
measles@uw.edu

Mailing address
Hall Health Center
UW Measles Requirement
Box 354410
Seattle, WA 98195-4410

Campus location
Hall Health Center
4060 E Stevens Way NE, just across the street from the HUB

Contacting UW IT for problems with your UW email

For help setting up your UW email in order to register with MedProctor, please contact UW IT.

How to find your immunization records

  • Washington State: Learn more about how to access your immunization records through the Washington State Department of Health here or by calling 1-866-397-0337, option 5
  • California: Access your immunization records through the California Immunization Registry (CAIR)
  • Other states: Visit this CDC web page to locate your state health department

Health Sciences Immunization Program

Certain student groups entering a Health Sciences program at UW are required to submit documentation of a number of completed vaccinations at least two months before starting classes.

Hall Health does not administer this vaccination program. Please check with your program to determine if you are required to submit this documentation and visit to the Health Sciences Immunization Program webpage for more information.

If you do not have a medical provider to help you obtain any needed vaccines or titers, Hall Health can help! Contact us to schedule an appointment.