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Mandatory Immunization Requirements *Students admitted for Fall 2020*

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. Click here for 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. 

Failure to comply by the first day of classes of your first quarter MAY result in a registration hold for your second quarter.

Steps to Complete

1. Click Here to check which vaccines 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” within your MyCalPoly portal

You must complete the TB Screening Questionnaire via the “Health and Counseling Portal” within your MyCalPoly portal (accessible after May 5, 2020)

Start by completing the TB Screening questionnaire via the “Health and Counseling Portal” within your MyCalPoly 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 is contra-indicated in certain conditions (including if you are pregnant). If you need a medical exemption, see exemptions here.

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 is contra-indicated in certain conditions (including if you are pregnant). If you need a medical exemption, see exemptions here.

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 vaccine on or after your 7th birthday. One dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12.
  • 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 single 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” within your MyCalPoly portal (accessible after May 5, 2020).

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.

Students who are not fully compliant with all mandatory TB & immunization requirements by the first day of your first quarter MAY not be allowed to register for their second quarter.

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

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