Why do I need to submit immunization forms?

The Illinois College Immunization Code requires that college students be immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella. Proof of immunity must be signed/certified by a health care provider or public health official. International students are required to undergo tuberculosis screening when they arrive on campus.

What are the vaccination requirements and are there fees?

Illinois requires all college students to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. These include:

Measles

  • Students shall provide documentation of receipt of two doses of live measles virus vaccine on or after the first birthday. The minimum time interval between each dose must have been at least four weeks (28 days). If either dose was received prior to 1968, proof must be provided that a live virus vaccine, without gamma globulin, was administered.
  • Students who cannot provide proof of immunization may provide laboratory (serologic) evidence of measles immunity.

Mumps 

  • Students shall provide documentation of receipt of two doses of live mumps virus vaccine on or after the first birthday.  The minimum time interval between each dose must have been at least four weeks (28 days).
  • Students who cannot provide proof of immunization may provide laboratory (serologic) evidence of mumps immunity.

Rubella 

  • Students shall provide documentation of receipt of two doses of live rubella virus vaccine on or after the first birthday.  The minimum time interval between each dose must have been at least four weeks (28 days).
  • Students who cannot provide proof of immunization may provide laboratory (serologic) evidence of rubella immunity.

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis 

  • Students shall provide dates of any combination of three or more doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis containing vaccine.  One dose must be Tdap vaccine.  The last dose of vaccine (DTP, DTaP, DT, Td, or Tdap) must have been received within 10 years prior to the term of current enrollment.
  • The minimum time interval between the first and second dose must have been at least four weeks (28 days), with the third dose having been received at least six months after the second or last dose of the basic series.
  • Receipt of Tetanus Toxoid (T.T.) vaccine is not acceptable in fulfilling this requirement.

Meningococcal vaccine 

Beginning Fall term 2016-2017, all new admissions under the age of 22 shall show proof of having at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine on or after 16 years of age.

Source (http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/077006940B01000R.html)

You can receive any or all of the required immunizations at McKinley for a fee. See charges for vaccinations.
What are the tuberculosis screening requirements?

Tuberculosis screening must be conducted at McKinley Health Center and is required for all international students. If you’ve had tuberculosis, bring copies of your medical records with you to campus. Failure to comply with tuberculosis screening requirements will prevent you from adding/dropping classes during the current semester and registering for classes during subsequent semesters.

How do I complete TB Screening requirements and are there fees?

All new international students are screened for tuberculosis. Screening consists of completion of a paper questionnaire and a Quantiferon TB Gold blood test for a student who have lived in countries outside of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, or Western Europe. There is a $30 charge for the blood test. Students who have a positive blood test will be asked to return for chest X-ray to screen for pulmonary tuberculosis. Students who have a prior history of tuberculosis or who are receiving treatment for tuberculosis should bring copies of all treatment records, including medical notes and laboratory reports.

How can I submit my forms and records?

To Submit your forms/records, use only one of the following options:

OR

  • Fax to (217) 244-1278

OR

  • Mail or hand deliver to:

  McKinley Health Center
  1109 S. Lincoln Ave.
  Urbana, IL 61801


We are not able to accept documents by email. Please include your University Identification Number (UIN) on each document.

Is a physician signature required on the Immunization History Form?

A doctor’s signature is not required if you send us official immunization records. If you are sending unofficial records, a health care professional’s signature is required.

Is a physical exam required?

No, a physical exam is not required for admission. The medical background provided by the student on the Medical History form is sufficient.

I cannot obtain a certain immunization in my country, what should I do?

You should provide us with the Immunization History form for those vaccinations that you have completed. After you arrive on campus and before the start of classes, you should visit McKinley Health Center to obtain any remaining immunizations. There are fees associated with obtaining immunizations at McKinley Health Center.

Will I be notified that my documents were received?

Yes. You will receive an email sent to your University email account within 2-3 weeks alerting you to go to your patient portal (MyMcKinley) to view your immunization compliance status.

Are there any exemptions to the requirements?
  • Medical exemption - A written, signed and dated statement from a physician stating the specific contraindicated vaccine(s), the reason why and duration of the medical exemption is required.
  • Pregnancy or suspected pregnancy - A signed and dated statement from a physician indicating that you are pregnant (include expected date of delivery) is required. After delivery, you must then comply with State Immunization requirements as directed by your physician.
  • Religious exemption - Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (217) 333-0050.
Do I need to put a cover sheet on my fax?

A cover sheet is not necessary. The faxes go to a designated fax machine in a secure area at McKinley Health Center. However, including the student's University Identification Number (UIN) on each page would assist us in matching it with the student record

What health care services can I receive as a student at the University of Illinois?

Learn more about services offered at McKinley Health Center

Can I submit my immunization records to the Admissions & Records Office?

No. Please send immunization records directly to McKinley Health Center. Other departments and offices at the University of Illinois may not forward the records to McKinley on a timely basis.To Submit your forms, use only one of the following options:

OR

  • Fax to (217) 244-1278

OR

  • Mail or hand deliver to:

  McKinley Health Center
  1109 S. Lincoln Ave.
  Urbana, IL 61801
We are not able to accept documents by email. Please include your University Identification Number (UIN) on each document.

Can I email my forms and records?

No. For your safety and privacy, we cannot accept medical forms as email attachments.To Submit your forms, use only one of the following options:

OR

  • Fax to (217) 244-1278

OR

  • Mail or hand deliver to:

  McKinley Health Center
  1109 S. Lincoln Ave.
  Urbana, IL 61801

Do I need to do the TB screening form?

Completion of the TB screening process is only required for international students. International students must first visit the ISSS office and obtain their I-Cards, prior to completing the TB screening process.

My doctor's appointment isn't until after the deadline. Is it ok to submit the forms late?

While there is no immediate penalty for missing the deadline, failure to comply with immunization and TB screening requirements will prevent you from adding/dropping classes during the current semester and registering for classes during subsequent semesters. Students will be notified by email if a hold is going to be placed on their student account.

Did McKinley receive my fax?

Depending on the settings for your fax machine, you may or may not have received a fax confirmation. Given the large volume of Immunization forms received it may take up to four weeks before all records are entered into the system. Students that are still out of compliance will be sent a notice to check their secure messages in MyMckinley.

The fax machine is busy. What do I do?

During peak times, it may be difficult to send records to our fax machine. Please try again later or try an alternative method.

To Submit your forms, use only one of the following options:

OR

  • Fax to (217) 244-1278

OR

  • Mail or hand deliver to:

    McKinley Health Center
    1109 S. Lincoln Ave.
    Urbana, IL 61801

Please submit your forms as early as possible to avoid the large influx near the July 1 deadline.

Are the recommended shots required for admission?

No.