Immunization FAQs

What vaccines are required by the 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 to enter your vaccination records.

How can I upload my immunizations records?

  1. Log into Online Student Health using your Net ID and password.   
  2. Click on the Forms button and complete the Immunization Form. Follow the instructions on the screen.  
  3. Enter the vaccination dates (mm/dd/yyyy) on the Form in the portal.

If you are having trouble completing the form and attaching your records, take a screenshot of the error message and send it in an email to uhstech@nd.edu. A staff member 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 immunization 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 are:
    • July 15 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,
    • 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.

Is a physical required?

A physical exam is not required. We do ask that you complete the online health questionnaire located inside your patient portal, which helps our providers take care of you when you come to UHS for medical care in the future. 

What if I have a medical condition or religious considerations that prevent me from getting the vaccinations?

Students with medical contraindications or religious concerns should email immunizations@nd.edu to request the proper forms to apply for a medical or religious exemption.

What if I have other circumstances that prevent me from getting the vaccinations?

Students with other circumstances should email immunizations@nd.edu to request the proper forms.  

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

  • To protect the health and well-being of both individual students and the Notre Dame community, these vaccines are required. 
  • Failure to meet the immunization requirements will result in a hold being placed on your student account, which will prevent you from registering for classes next semester. 
  • For information on the vaccines, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html.
  • Any questions or concerns, please email immunizations@nd.edu.