UW Immunization Requirement
The Immunization Requirement will change Fall Quarter 2019. If you are an incoming, first-time student starting Fall 2019, learn more about the new requirement here.
- What is the UW Immunization Requirement?
- How do I document immunity to measles?
- When should I submit documentation?
- How to submit documentation
- Get help
WHAT IS THE REQUIREMENT THROUGH SUMMER QUARTER 2019?
The UW Immunization Requirement is different from the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP).
If you were born before January 1, 1957, you do not need to submit documentation.
You must prove that you are immune to measles before you can attend Advising & Orientation and/or register for classes.
You must prove immunity to measles in one of two ways:
- Show that you have received two measles vaccines OR
- Show that you have measles antibodies in your blood through a measles rubeola blood (titer) test
To prove that you are immune to measles, upload documents showing that you received two measles shots after you turned one year old along the with completed UW Proof of Immunity form. Measles vaccines given before age one are not effective. The two shots must be given more than 28 days apart. It’s okay if the two vaccines were given years apart.
Abbreviations that your health care provider might use for the vaccine include ME, MM, MR, MMR and MMRV.
2) Blood (titer) test
A rubeola measles IgG blood (titer) test can also prove that you are immune to measles.
You must get a rubeola IgG titer test, which looks for antibodies to measles in your blood. An IgM titer test, which looks for current measles infection, will not satisfy the immunization requirement.
HOW DO I DOCUMENT IMMUNITY TO MEASLES?
Choose one of the two options below to document immunity to measles.
Option 1: Getting a provider’s signature
If you have a regular health care provider (clinic, hospital, nurse, doctor, etc.), ask if they will help you complete the UW Proof of Immunity form. Note that if you are using a measles titer test to prove immunity, you must also submit documentation of a positive blood test along with the provider signature. You can come to Hall Health to have a provider sign your form.
If a provider cannot or will not sign the form, you must follow the instructions for Option 2, below.
Option 2: Complete the UW Proof of Immunity Form yourself
If you are completing the UW Proof of Immunity form without a health care provider’s signature, you must submit either your immunization records or blood (titer) test records.
Requirements for all documents
- 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 of vaccinations or blood tests.
- Your document must show your name and date of birth, the name of the provider or clinic, and the provider’s contact information.
- All documents must be in English (originally, or with an official English translation) and easy to read.
Blood test records
You may submit records of a rubeola measles IgG blood test, showing that you are protected from measles, otherwise known as a titer test, along with a completed UW Proof of Immunity form. You must get a rubeola IgG titer test, which looks for antibodies to measles in your blood. An igM titer test, which looks for current measles infection, will not satisfy the immunization requirement.
Make sure the lab report shows:
- Date of the blood draw
- Titer count
- Reading of the result (positive, negative, or equivocal)
WHEN SHOULD I SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION?
First-year students should submit documentation before attending Advising and Orientation.
All other students, submit your measles documentation at least 3 weeks before you register for classes. Refer to the UW Registrar for registration dates.
HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION
- Complete all sections of the UW Proof of Immunity form on your computer. You may print the completed form to sign or use an electronic signature. See the UW Proof of Immunity Form key below.
- Review and your documents to make sure they are complete. Make sure they meet the requirements listed above.You may scan or take a photo with your phone.
- Convert your documents to pdf files. Here’s how to do this for PC and Mac.
- Merge all of your documents into a single file. Here’s how to merge PDFs into one file in Adobe Acrobat, in Preview, and through your browser.
- Visit the Measles Verification Portal. Enter your information in the required fields and upload your single file. This is the only way to submit documentation. We do not accept faxed or emailed documentation.
- Click Upload.
- You will receive an automated email within a few minutes of submission confirming that your documents were uploaded.
- We will contact you at your UW email address within three weeks to let you know if you have been cleared or if you need to submit additional documents. Please make sure you check your UW email (@uw.edu) regularly.
UW Proof of Immunity Form key
Numbered items below match numbered items on the UW Proof of Immunity Form.
- International & English Language Program (IELP) students should check “yes.” All others should check “no.”
- Decide whether you would like to have your immunity records entered into Hall Health’s electronic medical record. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must review and sign this section. Date is in MM/DD/YYYY format (i.e., 04/10/2018).
- Student information: Enter your 7-digit UW student identification number (you can find it on your Husky Card). This is different your UW NetID. If your records show a different name than your current name, please upload documents that show that your name was legally changed. We can only correspond with you using your UW email address. Be sure to set up email forwarding so we can correspond with you.
- Proof of immunity: Complete either 4a or 4b, depending on the documentation that is available to you. You do not need to complete both sections. If you choose to submit a blood test as proof of immunity, you must upload supporting documentation. Please note that the correct blood test is measles rubeola IgG (not rubella). Dates are in MM, DD, and YYYY format (i.e., 04, 10, 2018).
- Provider signature section
- No provider signature: You must also submit proof of immunity (i.e., a print out from your medical record) that shows either that you received two measles vaccines, 28 days or more apart when you were over the age of one, OR that you are immune to measles based on a blood test. This document must include your name, your date of birth, the provider’s name, and the provider’s address.
- Provider signature: If your provider has signed your UW Proof of Immunity form, you do not need to submit supporting documentation UNLESS you opted to do a blood test proving immunity to measles, in which case you will need to submit your results. Be sure to write in the provider name, address, and phone number.
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UW Measles Requirement hotline
Please leave a message with the spelling of your first and last name along with your UW student ID number (found on your Husky Card) and we will return your call as quickly as possible.
Hall Health Center
4060 E Stevens Way NE, just across the street from the HUB
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have a registration hold related to my measles immunity status. How do I get the hold lifted?
If you are unable to register for class due to a registration hold, you have not met UW’s Measles Requirement. If you were able to register a previous quarter, you were likely given temporary permission to register to allow you more time to gather proof of immunity documentation, but you did not satisfy the requirement. Once the temporary permission expires, a registration hold is placed on your UW account.
If you submitted documentation previously, you would have received at least two emails from email@example.com. The first would have been an automated confirmation email that your documents were received. The second would have been an email letting you know that you were cleared or letting you know that there were problems with your documents. Be sure to check your spam folder for these emails. You are only cleared once you receive an email that says you have met the measles requirement.
You will likely need to resubmit documentation following the instructions above. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to stop by Hall Health. We are glad to review your documents and make sure they are in order before submission.
What is the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP)?
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.
I don’t have measles immunity documentation or a provider to sign the UW Proof of Immunity Form. What should I do?
If you don’t have documentation or a regular health care provider, you have two choices:
- You can get a blood test for immunity to measles, otherwise known as a titer test. You should be able to get a blood test by contacting a local clinic or doctor’s office, or by visiting Hall Health. If the result shows immunity, submit the lab report, following the instructions above, or ask the provider to complete and sign the UW Proof of Immunity Form.
- If you have fewer than two immunizations, or if your immunizations do not meet the guidelines listed above, call Hall Health Center to pre-register for a drop-in appointment or make an appointment with another health care provider for vaccination. Ask your healthcare provider to sign the UW Proof of Immunity Form, or submit a record of your vaccination(s).
Can I visit Hall Health for a measles (rubeola) blood test and/or measles immunization?
Any UW-Seattle student can get measles tests and vaccinations at Hall Health Center on a drop-in basis. Blood tests are done by UW Laboratory Medicine. Off-campus health care providers may require you to schedule an appointment in order to be tested or vaccinated.
The blood test and/or vaccine will 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 health care appointments.
Can I get my measles vaccination records through a state immunization registry?
If you were vaccinated in the United States, you may be able to request your records through a state health department:
- 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
I’m a former UW student and I want to request my immunization records. What do I do?
Hall Health does not automatically retain measles immunity records used to satisfy the measles immunity requirement.
We would only have your records if you specifically authorized us to store your medical records, had vaccines within UW Medicine, and/or had records transferred to us.
Generally, you have two options in terms of requesting records:
- Find your immunization records on eCare
- Request paper records by following the process outlined here
Because of privacy laws, we cannot send you records by email or fax without following the process outlined on our medical records page.
I got an email from a company called MedProctor that said I didn’t satisfy the measles requirement. What should I do?
In early October 2017, MedProctor, the company UW had previously used to process immunity documents, erroneously emailed UW students with incorrect information about measles clearance status. If you submitted your documents and were cleared during the 2016-17 school year, you do not need to resubmit. We suggest that you unsubscribe to further emails from MedProctor by following the link at the bottom of the email you received.
If you continue to receive communication from MedProctor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We apologize for the confusion.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line that includes the following:
- “MP Refund”
- 7-digit UW student ID number
- Last name
- First initial
- Quarter and year