UC TB Screening and Immunization Requirements

The health of the individual can affect the health of the entire campus community. The University of California (UC) is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students, the campus community and beyond. In order to protect the campus from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, ALL incoming UC students, including medical students, are REQUIRED to obtain four (4) specific vaccines and undergo screening for Tuberculosis or provide documentation demonstrating compliance with these requirements.

Compliance Deadlines for All New, Incoming Undergraduate and Graduate Students

TB Risk Screening and Immunizations:

Friday, October 26, 2018 : Incoming Freshman, Transfer and Graduate students.

Friday, October 19, 2018 : Incoming LAW students.

Medical Students: See  Immunization Requirements for Medical Students

If you haven't completed these requirements by the deadline date, an academic hold (Type 2) will be placed onto your record by SHC and you will be unable to register for Winter Quarter (or Spring Semester) classes. In order to be in compliance, students must complete the TB Risk Screening Questionnaire; enter their vaccination dates; and upload their immunization record(s) online through the Student Health Patient Portal. SHC will notify the University Registrar to release the academic hold once compliance has been verified. Medical Students: SHC will defer to School of Medicine policy regarding placement of academic holds for non-compliance with these requirements.

Note: The University recognizes that some students, who have not received all or some of the required vaccinations prior to the start of the Fall term and who intend to be covered by the University's Student Health Insurance Plan, may prefer to receive the vaccinations after the SHIP coverage takes effect on the first day of the Fall term.  However, to ensure a safe and healthy campus community, the University strongly recommends that all students complete these requirements prior to arriving at UCI.

In addition, due to the very large volume of new, incoming students who must be processed and verified by SHC and to avoid any possibility of missing the deadline date and being unable to register for Winter Quarter or Spring Semester classes, you are strongly encouraged to complete these requirements prior to your arrival on campus.

How To Comply With Your TB Screening and Immunization Requirements

These requirements are satisfied by: 1) Completing the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire online; 2) Entering your vaccination dates online; and 3) Scanning/uploading your vaccination records online via the Student Health Patient Portal. Refer to the instructions below and other important information pertaining to these health requirements.

Remember!

  • You are not compliant with the health requirements if you simply mail or drop off your immunization records to the Student Health Center. You must logon to the Student Health Patient Portal and complete items #1, 2, 3 above to be considered compliant. You will be subject to an academic hold and unable to enroll in classes for Winter quarter (or semester) or subsequent terms if non-compliant.
  • Please note that access to the Student Health Portal is activated when your status officially changes from "applicant" to "admitted student". UPDATE: Access to the Student Health Portal should be activated starting on May 18th for incoming freshman undergraduate students and medical students; on or around June 20th for incoming transfer students; and during the week of June 11th for incoming graduate students. All incoming students are encouraged to attempt to logon to the Student Health Portal on a regular basis starting on the above dates and thereafter in order to become compliant with these requirements as soon as possible. For problems logging onto this portal and/or activating your UCInetID, please contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) help desk at 949-824-2222 or online at https://www.oit.uci.edu/.

Students who do not show risk factors for TB as indicated by their responses on the High Risk TB Screening Questionnaire (found online on the Student Health Patient Portal) are not required to complete/submit a TB Health Assessment Form to the Student Health Center.

Medical students: Please refer to the Immunization Requirements for Medical Students webpage for information and instructions specific to the School of Medicine.

Vaccine Information Statements

A Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is a document, produced by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), that informs vaccine recipients - or their parents or legal representatives - about the benefits and risks of a vaccine they are receiving. As a patient, you should receive a VIS from your provider for each vaccine that has been recommended for you prior to receiving the vaccine. Please visit the CDC website for the Vaccine Information Statement pertaining to the specific vaccine that you will be receiving (CDC Vaccine Information Statements) as well as additional information (CDC VIS Information).

Exemption from Immunizations

If the vaccines are not advisable due to a medical condition, please download the Vaccination Medical Exemption Form and have it completed by a licensed physician unrelated to you. The form can be faxed or mailed to Student Health Center. If you need assistance in completing the exemption form, a nurse at SHC can assist you. Please call (949) 824-5304 to make an appointment. Please note that exemptions from UC's immunization requirements are no longer permitted for personal or religious beliefs.

How To Obtain Copies of Your Immunization and TB Screening Records

Your vaccination record (sometimes referred to as your immunization record) provides a history of all of the vaccines you received as a child and adult. These records come in different forms but the more common examples include: the "yellow" card (i.e., International Certificate of Vaccination); immunization records maintained by your primary care physician or other licensed healthcare provider either in electronic or hard copy format; and records maintained by your elementary or high school.

If the student does not have a copy of their official immunization records including TB screening or testing, they must contact the office of their primary care physician or other licensed healthcare provider unrelated to them and obtain documentation reflecting compliance with these health requirements.

Immunization Registries: Another potential source for obtaining copies of your immunization records is an Immunization Registry. These registries are secure computer systems that store children’s immunization records. These registries can only be used by doctors, hospitals, public health departments and other selected programs that serve children. The goal of these registries is to help kids get their shots on time and stay healthy. The California Immunization Registry is referred to as CAIR . All 50 states have immunization registries. SHC advises you to contact your state's immunization registry as another alternative for obtaining copies of your immunization records.

To upload your immunization and TB records directly into your SHC electronic health record via the Student Health Patient Portal, please follow the instructions shown above in the section entitled How To Comply With Your Tuberculosis and Immunization Requirements. If you experience problems related to uploading your records via the portal, please email shc-immunization@uci.edu. You will receive a reply within 24-48 hours.

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