UW General Immunization Requirement
- Identify which requirement you need to follow
- What is the requirement?
- How do I document immunity?
- When should I submit documentation?
- How to submit documentation
- Get help
IDENTIFY WHICH REQUIREMENT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW
Health Sciences Immunization Program
Students who are entering a health sciences program follow a separate requirement outlined on the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) website. If you are in one of the programs listed below, you do not need to satisfy the general UW Immunization Requirement. Note that pre-health sciences students should follow the general UW Immunization Requirement.
- Dentistry (DDS and most post-Docs)
- Medical Laboratory Science/Laboratory Medicine
- Nursing (ABSN/BSN/DNP/Certificate)
- Pharmacy Doctorate (PharmD)
- Public Health (MPH/GH/HIHIM/Nutrition)
- Rehab Medicine (DPT, MOT, P&O)
- Social Work (BASW/MSW)
- SPHSC (CoreSLP/MedSLP/AuD/AuD-PhD)
Students who do not need to meet the requirement
If you were born before January 1, 1957, you do not need to submit documentation.
If you previously attended UW in any program(s) other than those listed below, you do not need to submit documentation again. You have already met the requirement.
If you are part of the following programs, you do not need to satisfy the requirement on this page:
- Summer Youth Camps
- OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute
- UW in the High School
- PCE certificate programs
- UW Online (100% online courses only)
- UW Summer Quarter
- Non-matriculated (non-graduate) students
All other students not listed above, including students who register through Continuum College, matriculated degree-seeking, graduate non-matriculated, and International & English Language Program students, must comply with the immunization requirement.
WHAT IS THE REQUIREMENT?
Students 22 and older as of the first day of the quarter
If you are 22 or older as of the first day of the quarter, you must provide evidence of immunity to the following diseases:
- Measles (rubeola) – 2 vaccinations, both administered after the age of 1 and given 28 days apart OR a positive blood (titer) test
- Mumps – 2 vaccinations, both administered after the age of 1 and given 28 days apart OR a positive blood (titer) test
Students under 22 as of the first day of the quarter
If you are under 22 as of the first day of the quarter, you must provide evidence of immunity to:
- Measles (rubeola) – 2 vaccinations, both administered after the age of 1 and given at least 28 days apart OR a positive blood (titer) test
- Mumps – 2 vaccinations, both administered after the age of 1 (12 months) and given at least 28 days apart OR a positive blood (titer) test
- Meningococcal meningitis A, C, W, and Y – 1 vaccination administered after the age of 16
1) Measles & mumps vaccination
To prove that you are immune to measles and mumps, upload documents showing that you received two measles and mumps shots after you turned one year old along the with completed UW Immunity Verification Form. 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. You may have been given a separate mumps vaccine.
2) Meningitis ACWY vaccination
If you are under 22 as of the first day of the quarter, you will also need to provide proof of vaccination against meningitis A, C, W, and Y. You must have received a vaccine at the age of 16 or older. If your last meningitis A, C, W, and Y vaccination was before you turned 16, you will need to arrange to get a booster shot.
2) Blood (titer) tests
Rubeola measles and mumps IgG blood (titer) tests can also prove that you are immune to measles and mumps. UW does not require students to prove immunity to rubella, a different disease from measles (rubeola).
You must get IgG titer tests, which look for antibodies to measles in your blood. An IgM titer test, which looks for current measles or mumps infection, will not satisfy the immunization requirement.
Titer tests are available through most health care providers. There is currently no titer (blood) test available to prove immunity to meningitis A, C, W and Y, so if you are under 22 as of the first day of the quarter, you will need to show that you were vaccinated at age 16 or older.
HOW DO I DOCUMENT IMMUNITY?
Choose one of the two paths 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 Immunity Verification Form. Note that if you are using measles and mumps titer tests 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 Immunity Verification Form yourself
If you are completing the UW Immunity Verification Form without a health care provider’s signature, you must submit your immunization records and/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, as well as the name and contact information of the health care professional or clinic.
- All documents must be in English (originally, or with an official English translation) and easy to read.
Measles and mumps blood test records
You may submit records of a rubeola measles and mumps IgG blood tests, showing that you are protected from measles and mumps, otherwise known as titer tests, along with a completed UW Immunity Verification 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)
If the result of the blood test is negative or uncertain, you will need to receive two measles and/or mumps vaccines or show proof of a positive titer in order to meet the requirement.
Current and former military personnel
If were previously a member of the armed forces, but you do not have access to your medical record, you may submit form DD-214 (Report of Separation) in lieu of the documents listed above. Active duty military may use eVetRecs or request records by mail or fax.
WHEN SHOULD I SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION?
All students should submit documentation as early as possible for the fastest response. The later you submit, the longer you will wait to hear back. Be sure to check your UW email regularly. We will contact you if there is a problem with your submission.
HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION
- Complete the UW Immunity Verification Form. Download the file first if you plan on filling it out on your computer; do not fill it out in your browser. The best way to meet the requirement is to take the form to your health care provider to complete together. See the UW Proof of Immunity Form key below.
- Review 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 Immunity 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 Immunity Verification Form key
Numbered items below match numbered items on the UW Immunity Verification Form.
1. UW-SEATTLE STUDENTS: CONSENT TO CREATE AN ONLINE HEALTH RECORD
- For students who are under 18 at the time of submission, a parent/guardian should sign
- Seattle students who choose yes will be able to access their immunization records in the future through Hall Health. Note that if you do not choose yes, UW will not retain your records and you will not be able to request them at a future date.
2. STUDENT INFORMATION
- Please provide the legal name under which you are enrolled. If the immunization records you provide do not show your current legal name, you must submit name change documentation (marriage certificate, or legal name change documentation).
- Your UW Student ID number is seven numbers, no letters, not to be confused with your UW NetID. Contact the Seattle Registrar, Bothell Registrar or Tacoma Registrar to get your student ID number.
Note that all communication regarding the immunity verification will be sent to your UW email, and not your personal email.
2. CHOOSE YOUR CAMPUS AND/OR SPECIAL PROGRAM
International English Language Program students should check yes.
3. REQUIRED VACCINATIONS FOR ALL STUDENTS
All students must provide proof of immunity to both measles and mumps, through one of the following options:
- Measles – Evidence of 2 doses of vaccine given 28 days apart at 12 months of age or older OR evidence of a blood test (titer)
- Mumps – Evidence of 2 doses of vaccine given 28 days apart at 12 months of age or older OR evidence of a blood test (titer)
The following vaccines may be used to satisfy the requirement:
- ME or MV – measles only
- Mumps – mumps only
- MM – measles and mumps
- MMR – measles, mumps, and rubella
- MMRV – measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella
While most people vaccinated in the US will have received the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, you do not need to provide proof of rubella.
4. REQUIRED VACCINATION FOR STUDENTS UNDER 22
All students who are under 22 as of the first day of the quarter must provide proof of immunization against meningococcal meningitis A, C, W, and Y. The most recent dose must have been administered when you were between the ages of 16 and 21. If you were last vaccinated before the age of 16, you will need to get a booster shot.
The following vaccines may be used to satisfy the requirement:
- MCV4 – meningococcal conjugate vaccine (quadrivalent)
- MenACWY-CRM – meningococcal conjugate vaccine (quadrivalent)
- MenACWY-D – meningococcal conjugate vaccine (quadrivalent)
5. SIGNATURE OF A LICENSED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
If you do not provide medical records or a lab report showing proof of immunity, you will need a signature of a licensed healthcare professional. Providers must sign by hand and provide contact information.
Licensed healthcare professionals include:
- CLT – Clinical Lab Technician
- DO – Doctor of Osteopathy
- MD – Medical Doctor
- NP – Nurse Practitioner
- ND – Naturopathic Doctor
- PA – Physician Assistant
- RN – Registered Nurse
- RN-C – Registered Nurse Certified
- RPh – Registered Pharmacist
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UW Immunity Verification 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.
Visit the Hall Health Center Health Promotion office, to your right as you enter the building
4060 E Stevens Way NE, just across the street from the HUB