Immunization Requirements

Immunization Requirements

New York State public health law requires documentation of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and meningococcal meningitis. New students must provide documentation of these two immunization requirements 30 days before they plan to register for classes. In accordance with New York State law, the Columbia Health office will place a hold on a student's account if they do not receive his or her certification.

Meningococcal Meningitis Decision

New York State public health law requires that students receive information from their institutions about meningococcal meningitis and the vaccine that protects against most strains of the disease that can occur on university campuses. Columbia students must make an informed decision about being vaccinated and certify their decision online. Full instructions are given online, and the process takes two to three minutes to complete.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

New York State public health law requires that students taking 6 or more points provide documentation of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) before their first term of study. There are several ways to document immunity. In all cases, the Columbia University MMR form must be completed and submitted to the Immunization Office in Alfred Lerner Hall, 7th Floor, no later than the specified deadline, which is listed on the Health Services website. Please note: the MMR form requires a physician's signature.

The blood test or MMR immunizations can be obtained at Primary Care Medical Services. Students who have questions about these requirements should e-mail hs-enrollment@columbia.edu or visit the Health Services website.

Immunization Recommendations

In addition, Health Services at Columbia recommends that all students be properly immunized against or have immunity to the following: hepatitis B (three-dose series), varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, and all routine childhood diseases. These immunizations are available at Primary Care Medical Services. Students enrolled in the Health Service Program are no longer charged for the following vaccines when administered at Health Services:

  • MMR
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis Combination A and B
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria

For all other vaccinations, students will be charged for the cost of the vaccine. Vaccinations are available to students not enrolled in the Health Service Program for a minimal fee. For more information, please visit the Health Services website.