Required Immunizations

In compliance with the Code of Virginia (Section 23-7.5), VCU requires all full-time students to provide documentation of their immunizations.  Immunization forms provided by VCU are available online or directly from the offices of University Student Health Services.  

Students are strongly encouraged to complete immunization requirements prior to the start of classes.  This not only ensures a safe and healthy learning environment but will also prevent future registration holds.

Completing the Correct Certificate of Immunization

Please be sure to complete the correct form to avoid unnecessary testing and fees.

Student Vaccine Requirements

Vaccines for Non-Health Sciences Students
Required Vaccines for Non-Health Sciences Students

Full-time students are required to have the following:

  • 3 Hepatitis Bs OR a positive titer OR a signed waiver
  • 2 MMRs (measlesmumps and rubella) after 1st birthday OR a positive titer
  • 1 Meningococcal vaccine after 16th birthday OR a signed waiver
  • 1 Tetanus (Td or Tdap) within the past 10 years
  • Documentation of the primary polio vaccine series is required for students ≤ 18 years old OR students from high risk countries, which include Afghanistan and Pakistan.

All students, regardless of credit hours, must complete the Tuberculosis Screening questionnaire on page 3 of the VCU Certificate of Immunization.  Answers to these screening questions will determine if TB testing is needed.

Recommended Vaccines for Non-Health Sciences Students

Vaccines for Health Sciences Students
Required Vaccines*

Students enrolled in the schools of Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, or Pharmacy are required to have the following:

  • Hepatitis Bs AND a positive titer 
  • 2 MMRs (measlesmumps and rubella) after 1st birthday OR a positive titer
  • Meningococcal vaccine after 16th birthday OR a signed waiver
  • 1 Tdap (tetanuswithin the past 10 years
  • Varicella vaccines OR a positive titer
  • Documentation of the primary polio vaccine series is required for students ≤ 18 years old OR students from high risk countries (Afghanistan or Pakistan) OR for some away rotations.
  • Tuberculosis testing (2-Step TST or IGRA on admission & annually thereafter; chest x-ray required if testing is positive)
  • Influenza vaccine annually.  Documentation of flu vaccine must be submitted to Student Health by your school's deadline or December 1, whichever comes first.  If your program starts in January, please submit your current flu vaccine as soon as possible.  Click here for details about how to submit your flu vaccine documentation.  If you are exempt from the flu vaccine due to medical or religious reasons, please submit a Health Sciences Influenza Vaccination Exemption Request

*Some Health Sciences programs are exempt from the Health Sciences requirements.  Please check the Health Sciences Exempted Programs List to verify exemption or call the Immunization Department at (804) 827-8047 for assistance.  If your program is exempt, please complete the VCU Certificate of Immunization for academic programs.

Recommended Vaccines for Health Sciences Students