KU Immunization Policies
Watkins Health Services (WHS) must have evidence of a student’s compliance with the following immunizations. In the absence of this evidence, an enrollment hold will be applied and the student will be unable to enroll in subsequent semesters.
- Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR): All newly enrolled students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of two vaccinations for MMR. History of the disease is not sufficient for compliance unless accompanied by a positive quantitative blood titer. A student may choose to sign a waiver* indicating that they: 1) Have a medical condition that precludes them from getting the vaccine; 2) Are pregnant; Or, 3) Have religious reasons for not having the required vaccinations.
- Meningitis: All newly enrolled students living in university-owned group housing are required to be vaccinated with the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine which protects against A, C, Y and W-135 types of meningitis or sign a waiver* indicating that they decline vaccination. If the student received this vaccination more than five years prior to beginning attendance at KU, it will be necessary for the student to receive a booster dose. We recommend the student receive this booster prior to attending Orientation. The meningitis B vaccine does not fulfill this requirement but is also recommended. For more information about Meningitis or the vaccine, please refer to Meningitis.
*Before a waiver is granted, the student must meet with the WHS Medical Director. Please call 785-864-9533 to request the waiver form and to schedule the appointment to meet with the Medical Director.
Watkins Health Services will accept immunization records from a personal physician's office, school, military, state record, or childhood immunization booklet as official documentation. However, if you do not have one of these official records, you can use this Immunization History Form (pdf); but it is required to be filled out and signed by your personal physician's office.
All documentation submitted to Watkins Health Services will be verified.
All immunization records submitted must include the student's full name, date of birth and KU ID number. Questions about other acceptable proof of immunizations may be directed to Watkins Immunization Compliance Coordinator at 785-864-9533.
How To Submit Immunization Records
Students are to submit immunization records through our secure patient portal accessible seventy-two (72) hours after enrollment on a mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer:
- Login using your KU online ID and password. Go to the "Medical Clearances" tab to enter your immunizations and dates.
- From the "Medical Clearances" page, select "Immunization Upload" to scan and upload official documentation verifying your immunization history. Please allow 3-5 business days for these documents to be verified.
Students should submit their immunization histories no later than the first day of classes to avoid an enrollment hold. If questions remain, please call 785-864-9533.