Students are required to have successfully completed
immunizations or immunization series, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prior to matriculation into the College of Pharmacy.
The following immunizations are required of all students, except in those with
documented contraindications (e.g., allergy):
Pertussis and Tetanus (Tdap)– please note that the pertussis component was not
approved for adults until 2005. Also, this immunization is good for a maximum
of ten years. If it has been at least ten years since a previous booster
(either Tdap or Diphtheria/Tetanus [Td]), a booster must be obtained. If a
booster is due, the student must get a Tdap, unless Tdap has previously been
administered. Also, if the student did
not complete the primary series for children, they must have a three
immunization series with the Tdap for one of the series and diphtheria-tetanus
for the other two.
B, recombinant series (note, this consists of a minimum three injection series
over at least six months), followed 6-8 weeks later by a blood antibody titer.
Please note, if the titer is negative, according to CDC recommendations, the
entire series and titer must be repeated. This should start immediately and
students will automatically receive the necessary extension of the deadline of
this requirement, provided they continue to pursue it as scheduled. If this
extension is beyond the beginning of the P3 year, it may be necessary to change
experiential sites. Also, students who have a negative titer after a second
series may have their experiential sites adjusted to help protect them, but
students must be aware that if they have negative titers they may be
susceptible to the disease and are responsible for taking personal safety
– must receive seasonal influenza vaccine each year in Fall semester. Please note: documentation of this must be provided to the Cosiano Health Center by
November 15th of each year.
(except in those individuals born before 1957) – Must have two doses after
their first birthday. The second dose must have been received after December
(except in those individuals born before 1957).
– The student will have received the normal four doses of poliovirus vaccine at
2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months, and 4-6 years, which is adequate, or
unvaccinated individuals must receive a three dose series of inactivated
poliovirus vaccine with the second dose administered 4-8 weeks after the first
dose and the third dose administered 6-12 months after the second dose.
(except in those individuals born before 1957) – Immunization must have
occurred after the student was 15 months of age.
Varicella – Requires documentation of two doses, at
least 4 weeks apart.
In the cases of each of these, exceptions are allowed for
physician-diagnosed illness, with record including month and year (except
rubella) or a report of an immune titer sufficient to provide immunity. Immunizations may be delayed due to
In some cases, additional immunizations may be required for
specific experiential sites (e.g., hepatitis A, smallpox, anthrax, malaria,
It is necessary for you to obtain information regarding the
immunizations you currently have received. If you do not already have some of
this information, your parents/guardian may have some information that may be
of help. However, you need to get the official information from a physician, hospital,
medical clinic or other healthcare facility. Your health care provider (not
you) should record the information on the form approved by the Cosiano Health
Center (available through the College of Pharmacy) and submit it with the
official documentation to the Cosiano Health Center. They will be collating the
data and letting us know what students have not met the requirements.
Students not meeting immunization requirements are not
eligible for progression to the P3 year without approval of the Student Affairs
Committee. Deadlines are automatically extended by an appropriate length of
time for transfer students admitted with insufficient time to complete these
requirements prior to the P3 year, but this is overseen by the
Assistant/Associate Dean of Internal Affairs, or his/her designee, who must be
shown progress in this area. Also, it may be necessary to change experiential
sites, depending on the site immunization requirements until immunizations are
If you find that you need to have some immunizations, the
Cosiano Health Center can provide them, which may result in substantial savings
to the student. Also, please realize that you may be able to get immunizations
for little or no cost through your physician (i.e., paid for by your insurance)
or possibly health departments where you live. You certainly should investigate
what will be best for you.