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Immunizations

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) or Exemptions or Admit Term Prior to Fall 2021

Mandatory Immunization Requirements

The California State University (CSU) is committed to supporting the health and wellness of all students.

To comply with this overarching goal, the Chancellor’s Office requires that all incoming students (first-year, transfer, and graduate students) must satisfy the immunization requirements and complete the Tuberculosis risk assessment as per the Executive Order 803.

We encourage you to start this process as early as possible as some vaccines require multiple doses and may take six months to complete.

Steps to Complete

1. Check which vaccinations will be required based on your age on the first day of class.

2. Complete the Tuberculosis Risk Assessment.

Complete the TB Screening Questionnaire on the Health and Counseling Portal. This portal is located within your Cal Poly login portal.

You must complete the TB Screening Questionnaire via the Health and Counseling Portal (accessible after May 1st).

Start by completing the TB Screening Questionnaire via the Health and Counseling Portal. TB testing is not automatically required for incoming students, so please do not submit a TB test or chest x-ray unless specifically instructed to do so.

The TB Screening contains questions to which you must respond "yes" or "no". Once you have answered all questions, the form will provide you with instructions if there are additional steps you need to take.

If you require assistance answering the TB Screening questions or completing any required additional steps, contact us at 805-756-1211. We are happy to help!

Submit additional documentation, if necessary.


3. Match your previous vaccines/titers against the required age, dose and interval parameters: 

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

You may satisfy the Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) requirement in either of the following ways: 


By vaccine:

  • Two doses of the MMR vaccine (or two doses each of the separate vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella).
  • Doses must meet the following age/interval requirements:
    • First dose must be on or after your 1st birthday
    • Second dose must be at least 28 days after the first dose
  • If you only have one dose that meets the age/interval requirements, you still need to get an additional dose.
  • Note: since MMR is a live vaccine, it can be contraindicated in certain conditions (including if you are pregnant). 

By titer: 

A titer is a blood test checking for antibodies. If you actually had measles, mumps and/or rubella, or cannot find records for your past doses of the vaccines, you may want to consider a titer.

  • One blood titer each for measles, mumps, and rubella showing evidence of immunity to each.
  • If your titer results do not show evidence of immunity, you will still be required to get any outstanding doses of the vaccine(s) as indicated above.
  • Note: when reporting your titer results, remember that "positive" means "positive for immunity" and "negative" means "negative for immunity."

Varicella (Chickenpox)

You may satisfy the varicella requirement in either of the following ways: 


By vaccine:

  • Two doses of the varicella vaccine.
  • Doses must meet the following age/interval requirements:
    • First dose must be on or after your 1st birthday
    • Second dose must be at least 28 days after the first dose
  • If you only have one dose that meets the age/interval requirements, you still need to get an additional dose.
  • Note: since varicella is a live vaccine, it can be contraindicated in certain conditions (including if you are pregnant). 

By titer:

A titer is a blood test checking for antibodies. If you actually had chickenpox or cannot find records for your past doses of the vaccines, you may want to consider a titer.

  • Blood titer for varicella showing that you have immunity.
  • Not everyone who has chickenpox or shingles necessarily develops varicella immunity, so a blood titer to prove that you are "positive" for immunity is required. A doctor's note stating that you had chickenpox or shingles is not sufficient.
  • If your titer results do not show evidence of immunity, you will still be required to get any outstanding doses of the vaccine(s) as indicated above.
  • Note: when reporting your titer results, remember that "positive" means "positive for immunity" and "negative" means "negative for immunity."

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)

You must satisfy the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) requirement by vaccine:

  • One dose of the Tdap or DTaP vaccine on or after your 7th birthday. Common brand names in the United States include Boostrix and Adacel.
  • Td, DPT, DTP, and dTap DO NOT fulfill this requirement; if you only have these vaccines, you will still be required to get a Tdap vaccine.
  • A booster dose of Td is recommended every 10 years. For adults who have never received Tdap, a dose of Tdap can replace one of the 10-year booster doses.
  • Note: Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids with acellular pertussis vaccine are given to adolescents and adults, usually as a single dose; the exception is pregnant women who should receive Tdap during each pregnancy.

Meningococcal Conjugate

You may satisfy the meningococcal conjugate requirement in either of the following ways:

By vaccine:

  • All 11 to 12-year olds should get a meningococcal conjugate vaccine with a booster at 16 years of age.
  • Common brand names include Menactra (Men ACWY-D) and Menveo (Men ACWY-CRM) in the United States, and Nimenrix (Men ACWY-CRM) in parts of Western Europe.
  • Men B and Bexsero DO NOT fulfill this requirement, nor do MCV4 vaccines received before your 16th birthday; if you only have these vaccines, you will still be required to get an MCV4 vaccine.
  • While we strongly prefer the MCV4 vaccine, we will accept the MPSV4 vaccine as long as age and documentation requirements are met.
  • Note: There are two types of meningococcal vaccines for serogroups A, C, W, and Y available in the United States: polysaccharide and conjugate vaccines. Neither type of vaccine contains live meningococcal bacteria.

By exemption based on age:

  • If you are not yet 16 years old on the first day of class, you are exempt for the time being from this requirement. Once you turn 16, you will need to comply with this requirement.
  • If you are already 22 years old on the first day of class, you are exempt from this requirement. If you turn 22 years old after the formal deadline, you are still required to get this vaccine.

Meningococcal B

You may satisfy the meningococcal B requirement in either of the following ways:

By vaccine:

  • A 2-or 3-shot series (depending on which vaccine your healthcare provider recommends) of meningococcal B vaccine ages of 16 through 23. There are two vaccine choices, Bexsero and Trumenba. Bexsero is a two-dose series, given one month apart. Trumenba is either a two-dose series six months apart or three-dose series (one dose at 0, 1-2, and 6 months.). The Trumenba 2-dose series provides adequate coverage unless the student is high-risk, in a high-risk setting, or there is an outbreak. We will accept the two-dose Trumenba series as satisfying our requirements, but in the event of an outbreak of meningococcal Group B illness, a third dose of Trumenba would be required for full protection. According to the manufacturer, the effectiveness of the two-dose schedule of Trumenba against diverse N meningitidis group B strains has not been confirmed.

By exemption based on age:

  • If you are not yet 16 years old on the first day of class, you are exempt for the time being from this requirement. Once you turn 16, you will need to comply with this requirement.
  • If you are already 24 years old on the first day of class, you are exempt from this requirement. If you turn 24 years old after the formal deadline, you are still required to get this vaccine.

Hepatitis B

You may satisfy the hepatitis B requirement in either of the following ways:

By vaccine:

  • Students who are 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at a CSU campus must provide proof of full immunity against hepatitis B prior to their second quarter.
  • Three (3) doses of vaccine over a minimum of a 4- to 6-month period (second dose given one month after the first dose, third dose given six months after the first dose), according to CA Health & Safety Code, Sec. 120390.5.

By exemption based on age:

  • If you are already 19 years old on the first day of class, you are exempt from this requirement. If you turn 19 years old after the formal deadline, you are still required to get this vaccine.
  • If you are over 18 years old, the hepatitis B vaccine is still recommended.


4. Submit immunization information and documents via the Health and Counseling Portal (accessible after May 1st). Please do NOT submit COVID-19 vaccination records via the Health and Counseling Portal. Submit them via the COVID-19 tab within the MyCalPoly portal. The Health and Counseling portal and the COVID-19 tab are two separate record systems.

5. Check your compliance status via the Health and Counseling Portal within your MyCalPoly portal. This may take several days to update.

6. Schedule and complete any outstanding vaccinations/titers as soon as possible with your medical provider.

If you require assistance with the compliance process, please contact us at 805-756-1211 or health@calpoly.edu. We are happy to help!

CSU students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to obtain the following immunizations (please discuss with your provider):
 

Recommended Immunizations

Recommended Groups

Hepatitis A (Hep A)

Regardless of age

Hepatitis B (Hep B)

Over the age of 18

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

For women and men through age 26

Influenza (Flu)

Annually regardless of age

Pneumococcal

For students with certain medical conditions (e.g., severe asthma, diabetes, chronic liver or kidney disease)

Poliovirus (Polio)

Regardless of age, if the series was not completed as a child

Immunizations for international travel

Based on destination

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