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Immunization Requirements Brochure for U.Va. Students 2012 [opens pdf]
Understanding Your Immunizations 2012 [opens pdf]

Required Immunizations

Recommended Immunizations:

The following immunizations are not required for matriculation at the University, but are recommended.

Optional/Travel Immunizations

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies (Pre-exposure and Post-exposure)
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever
  • Malaria
  • Polio Booster

Special Requirements for Medical and Nursing Students:

  • Rubella antibody titer test must prove immunity if born after 1957. Date and result must be provided
  • Varicella immunity (chickenpox) must be validated by a physician. If not, you must have had the vaccine as well as a varicella antibody blood titer test. The date and result must be documented.
  • Hepatitis B: series of 3 vaccinations or documentation of immunity via a surface antibody titer (lab test) one month from the last injection.

Required Immunizations

Measles / Mumps / Rubella
Given in a two-dose series with shots one and two separated by at least one month.

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Meningococcal Disease Vaccine
Given as one dose.

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Polio: primary series or the report of a positive immune blood titer (lab test).

Tetanus / Diphtheria
Given as one dose for those who haven't had tetanus shot with the last 5 - 10 years.

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Tuberculosis Screening/PPD: Screening to be completed by your health care provider to assess risk for Tuberculosis infection. Please review the questions on the pre-entrance health form. The physician signature on this portion of the form is required. If you have tested positive in the past, documentation of a negative chest x-ray is necessary. If you answered yes to any of the questions on the form, a two-step PPD test or a Quantiferon TB test is indicated.

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Hepatitis B
Given in a three-dose series with the second shot given 30 days after the first shot and the third shot given 4-6 months after the second shot.

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Recommended Immunizations

Chickenpox (Varicella)
For students who have not had chickenpox, we recommend this vaccine. Given in a two dose series 4 - 8 weeks apart.

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Hepatitis A
Given as a two-dose series with the second shot being given 6 months after the first.

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Hepatitis A and B Combination Vaccine - Twinrix
Given in a three-dose series with the second shot given 30 days after the first shot and the third shot given 5 months after the second shot.

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Influenza (Flu)
Given as one dose.

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Click on the following links for additional information on travel immunizations:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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