Student Immunization Requirements



The University of Pittsburgh requires documentation of immunization against the following diseases as a condition of attendance:

  • Measles  (Rubeola)
  • Mumps
  • German Measles  (Rubella)
  • Chicken Pox  (Varicella)

All incoming students must submit proof of such immunizations.   Incoming students are considered to be enrolled students attending the University of Pittsburgh for the first time.

Furthermore, Pennsylvania law requires all students living in University housing to certify that the student has been immunized against meningococcal disease, or to sign a waiver that you decline the vaccine.   If residing in University housing, you will receive the certification/waiver form with your University notice of assignment.

Having record of these immunizations allows the Student Health Services to provide better care for our students in the event of an illness, accident or campus outbreak.

Required Immunizations

All incoming students must show proof of immunization for the following:

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) – 2 doses

  • 1st dose – administered at 12 – 15 months or older
  • 2nd dose – administered at 4 – 6 years or later, and at least one month after the first dose”

Varicella (Chicken Pox) – 2 doses

  • 1st dose – administered at 12 months or older
  • 2nd dose – at least 3 months after the first dose up to 13 years of age.   At least 4 weeks after the first dose when first dose administered at 13 years of age or older

Meningococcal Quadrivalent – required if living in University housing

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4):   also known as Menveo, Menactra.   This vaccine is effective against the most common meningococcal infections caused by serogroups A, C, W, and Y.   One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine administered at age 16 or older is required of all incoming students living in University housing.

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