Immunization FAQs

What vaccines are required by University of Notre Dame?

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) series after first birthday
  • Varicella (chicken pox) series after first birthday
  • Hepatitis B series
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) (at or after age 11) Note: if Tdap was received more than 10 years ago, Tetanus, diphtheria (Td) within the last 10 years
  • Meningitis-ACYW (at or after age 16)  Note:  Meningitis-B vaccine, while recommended, does not meet this requirement
  • In addition, students coming from countries of high tuberculosis (TB) incidence will be tested for TB at UHS.  (If you have results of an interferon-gamma release assay TB blood test, such as Quantiferon Gold, performed in a lab in the US, within 6 months prior to arriving on campus, you can submit; otherwise, you will be tested at UHS.)
  • New this year, COVID-19 vaccine

How do I access Online Student Health, the patient portal?
Visit Online Student Health by entering https:/ in the address bar or click here.

How can I upload my immunizations records?

  1. Log into Online Student Health, the patient portal, at Online Student Health, using your Net ID and password.   
  2. Click on the Upload button and follow the instructions on the screen.  
  3. Enter the vaccination dates (mm/dd/yy) on the immunization tab in the portal.

If you are having trouble uploading your records and vaccination dates, please screen-print a copy of the error you are receiving and send the error message in an email to  We will then contact you directly.

What type of proof is acceptable for vaccines?
Acceptable documents include: 

  • a document signed by a health care provider that indicates the names of vaccines and the dates you received them, OR
  • a copy of your immunizations record from your previous school on the school’s letterhead, OR
  • lab results showing your immunity. 

How do I know if my forms and vaccines have been received and verified?
Once you enter and upload your information through the patient portal, our staff will review your records.  Please allow 3 weeks for processing.  Once we verify that you have met all the immunizations requirements, you will receive a secure message through the patient portal indicating that you are compliant.  If you are missing any required vaccines, the secure message will indicate that you are non-compliant and will include instructions.  You can monitor your status on the patient portal.

If I do not have any records of my vaccines, what should I do?

  • You can contact your pediatrician’s office, your high school, your previous college, etc. and ask if they have your records.  
  • If you cannot obtain records, please make arrangements to receive the vaccines again.  (While lab tests are available to confirm immunity to some diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella, they are more accurate with disease-induced immunity and often cannot detect vaccine-induced immunity.  It is often easier and less expensive for students to repeat the vaccines than to get the blood tests first.)

Is there a deadline?

  • The deadline to submit required immunizations is
    • July 15th for all students who start in the summer and fall.
    • March 1 for those students who start in the spring.
  • If you cannot get your records in by the deadline,
    • please submit and upload as much information as you can by the deadline. 
    • When we review your information, we will contact you via the patient portal with further instructions if you have not met the requirements.
  • If you fail to meet the deadline,
    • the University will place a registration hold on your account, which will prevent you from registering for SECOND semester classes. 
    • Once you have a hold, you will have to email with copies of your vaccination records for review.
    • Don’t wait until the last minute or you may not get the classes you want and need.

Is a physical required?
A physical exam is not required.  We do ask that you complete the online health questionnaire and upload a copy of your latest physical exam, if available, because it helps our providers take care of you when you come to University Health Services for medical care in the future. 

What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from getting the vaccinations?
Students with medical contraindications must submit supporting documentation from their health care provider through the Online Patient Portal or email  

Students requesting an exemption for a non-medical reason must write a letter explaining their objection in detail and upload the document through the Online Patient Portal or email  Once received, the student will be contacted by secure message to schedule an appointment with the UHS Clinical Case Manager and/or Assistant Director of Clinical Operations to discuss their exemption request. 

Online-only students are not required to meet immunizations requirements.  

I don't want to get the vaccines.  Why do I need them?