Why are immunizations required?

Great question!  Here are 3 reasons the University requires students to be immunized:

Notre Dame cares about the health and well-being of each individual student.  Vaccines protect our students from diseases that cause pain and suffering, and can derail their academic progress. 

Notre Dame cares about the health and well-being of our campus community, and the prematriculation immunization policy prevents outbreaks on campus.  Everyone on campus, including faculty, staff and visitors--and especially the most vulnerable among us--is safer when students are vaccinated, thanks to the power of community (or herd) immunity. 

Notre Dame cares about the health and well-being of all people.  The public health policy of school-entry immunization requirements is an important factor in the increase of life-expectancy in the US.  World-wide, vaccines are instrumental in promoting peace, fostering equity and supporting economic growth.  Prematriculation immunization requirements are one way the University lives out Fr. Sorin’s vision of Notre Dame as “a powerful force for good” in the world.

This subject is near and dear to our hearts.  Want to talk more about it?  Don't hesitate to reach out to our director, Sharon McMullen, to continue the conversation!





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