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Your College-Bound Patients May Need Extra Shots
Posted on: 6/6/2018

Doctor giving patient vaccine

Are some of your patients heading off to college in the fall?

While they may be more concerned with shopping for dorm accoutrements, college-bound students must also meet Illinois immunization requirements if attending higher education in the state.

Remember, there are new vaccination requirements that took effect last year for students attending Illinois colleges and universities (both private and public), which include:

  • At least one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough) vaccine within the previous 10 years. 
  • At least one dose of meningococcal vaccine on or after the student’s 16th birthday (applies only to incoming students under age 22). 
  • Immunization or immunity against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
  • An existing immunization exemption for students born before 1957 now only applies to MMR vaccinations.

Some colleges may not allow students to attend classes past a certain date if Illinois immunization requirements are not met.  

For more information, visit ISMS' Immunizations and Vaccinations webpage.

Questions? Contact our advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.  

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