When you register for your first term at IU Bloomington, you’re required to complete an immunization compliance form. Log into One.IU and go to Immunization Compliance to submit your information. You won’t be allowed to register for the following semester until you complete your immunization compliance form. You must submit this form even if you’ve already completed the IU Health Center’s health history questionnaire. Learn more about the IU immunization policy.
You won’t be allowed to register for the following semester until you complete your immunization compliance form.
What you’ll need to complete the form
- You’ll need to know the date you were immunized as well as provide proof of immunization for the following diseases:
- Measles (requires two immunizations)
- Rubella (German measles)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)
- Varicella (requires two immunizations)
- Meningococcal disease (meningitis)
- Starting Fall 2018, first year students aged 21 or younger will have to be immunized with one dose of MenACWY (MCV4) on or after their 16th birthday. Additionally, first year students aged 23 or younger will have to be immunized with two doses of MenB.
- If you’re an international student, you’ll need to provide documentation of tuberculosis (TB) testing in the United States.
What if you can’t provide the dates you were immunized?
You’ll need to supply documentation from a medical provider if you’re unable to provide your immunization dates due to one of the following:
- You have immunity because you had the disease (with the exception of Tuberculosis and Tdap). A physician’s written statement is required to prove immunity.
- You have laboratory evidence of immune titer. A titer is a blood test that verifies whether you’re immune to certain diseases or vaccinations you’ve already had.
- You’re medically unable to be vaccinated. If you’re unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason (for example, allergy to eggs, pregnancy, reaction to a vaccine, or participation in a current sequence of immunizations), you’ll need a physician’s written statement that documents each specific medical contraindication.
Upload your physician's written statement and/or documentation to your immunization compliance form. Or you may bring or mail your paperwork to Student Central.
How to request a religious exemption
You must submit a written, signed (by you) request for exemption if you have not been immunized due to religious reasons. You can file a religious exemption letter instead of a completed immunization compliance form. Upload your letter to Student Central using our secure contact form. Under “Topic,” choose “Student records,” then “Update immunization.” (Or you may bring or mail your letter to Student Central.)
Note that if you file a religious exemption, you’ll be required to leave campus if an outbreak of any of the diseases listed above occurs on or near campus.
If I claim a religious exemption from one or all the required vaccinations, and an outbreak occurs on campus, what happens?
If there is an outbreak of any of the diseases IU seeks immunization against, university administrators will consult the database of students who claimed exemption, for religious or medical reasons, and contact them to advise them to leave campus immediately and not return until an “All clear” is given. Such actions are for the safety of students who have not been immunized, as they are at higher risk of becoming sick and further promoting an epidemic. At the time of such outbreak, students who formerly claimed exemption may seek to become immunized and present documentation of such immunization, to avoid the keep away notice.
I'm pregnant. I had some of my vaccinations as a child but not all, and in my current state, I should not take more immunizations. What do I do?
Ask your doctor or prenatal care provider to issue a statement confirming your pregnancy and the expected due date. You can upload that document to the Immunization Compliance Form to support your request for a Medical Exemption for the time being. The same precautions will apply to you during that time as with other kinds of medical or religious exemptions: should there be an outbreak on campus, and you have not been immunized, you will advised to leave campus immediately, and not return until an "All clear" is given.
- Meningitis Compliancy for 2018-2019
What is meningococcal meningitis?
Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis, an infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. While rare, the condition is very serious and can be deadly. If untreated it can have a fatality rate up to 50% (10-15% if properly treated) and death can occur in as little as a few hours.
There are several types of bacteria that can cause meningitis. The predominate bacterium of concern for adolescents and young adults is called Neisseria meningitides. There are at least 12 types of N. meningitides, called ‘serogroups’. Serogroups A, B, C, W and Y cause most meningococcal disease. Adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years old are considered at an increased risk for the disease.
Why is IU adding meningococcal immunizations to their requirements for first year students?
The Indiana General Assembly passed a law in 2017 that takes effect beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The law requires universities with residential campuses to include meningitis immunization in their immunization standards. This new law will further promote public health and prevent disease in our university community. IU is requiring immunizations that cover the MenACWY (also known as MCV4) and MenB serogroups.
Who else is doing this?
All residential universities in Indiana will have to require some form of a meningitis immunization. Most states, including Indiana, currently require the MenACWY (MCV4) immunization in high schools. MenB is currently a recommended immunization for 12th graders in Indiana and may be a requirement in the near future. In recent years the majority of meningococcal meningitis infections in Indiana have been serogroup B (72%). Therefore, IU and other major universities are now requiring MenB immunizations. This new requirement will help prevent infections in the university community.
How will this impact students?
Under the new requirements, first year students aged 21 or younger will have to be immunized with one dose of MenACWY (MCV4) on or after their 16th birthday. Additionally, first year students aged 23 or younger will have to be immunized with two doses of MenB.
Most high schools already require the MenACWY (MCV4) immunization and MenB is recommended for 12th graders in the state of Indiana. Students without MenB and MenACWY immunizations will have to obtain them either through their primary care physician, local clinic, or university health center.
- How to Comply
To access the Immunization Compliance Form, follow these steps:
- Visit https://One.IU.edu
- Log in using your Username and Passphrase
- Type “Immunization” in the search bar and hit enter
- Select the “Immunization Compliance” task from the search results
- Click the green Start button
- Provide the date of immunization and upload a document verifying the date
- If more detailed instructions are required, consult this step-by-step guide.
You will automatically be directed to the Immunization Compliance Form where you will have the ability to enter dates of immunization, provide supporting documentation, or submit documentation for medical and religious exemptions. All immunization documentation must be in English. We are unable to translate documents.
If your documents require translation, please use a professional translation service. Indiana University has collaborated with Luna Translation Services, though documentation that has been translated by other professional translation services is also acceptable.
What are the next steps?
For those who are able to provide all dates of vaccination and documents verifying the dates, your status will automatically be updated to compliant and the hold on your account will be lifted. No further action is required. You are now considered compliant at all IU campuses.
Students who provide dates that do not meet the immunization requirements as listed here will be prompted to make any corrections. Until all appropriate dates have been provided, a student is not compliant.
State of Indiana Official Immunization Records may be available for Indiana residents via self-service through MyVaxIndiana. The information provided by MyVaxIndiana is supplied by the Children and Hoosier’s Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP). For more information visit the MyVaxIndiana website or contact the following:
MyVaxIndiana Email: MyVaxIndiana@isdh.in.gov
CHIRP Help Desk Email: CHIRP@isdh.in.gov
CHIRP Help Desk Support: 1-888-227-4439
Consult your respective state's immunization registry program. For a list of registry programs by state, go here.
Failure to Comply
Non-compliance warnings for students who do not respond to the early request for immunization data will appear in the registration system when they register for classes and again by email. Registration for the next semester or session will be prevented for students who do not provide this required data. In order to maintain the confidentiality of medical record information, immunization data provided to offices other than the School of Nursing or the Center for Health Promotion cannot be used to comply with this state mandated requirement.
Once a student has completed the Immunization Compliance Form, the hold on their record should be released. Failure to comply with this requirement can cause students to be prohibited from registering for future terms.
- Immunization Policy
- Please review the official IU immunization policy here.