It is vital that you provide us with an accurate health record. As a prerequisite to term start, the university and the Rhode Island Department of Health require that all new, full-time undergraduate students (residents and commuters), all international graduate school students and all culinary adult & continuing education students submit proof of a complete physical exam conducted within the last year, including documented proof of two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine (or titers if applicable), three does of hepatitis B vaccine (or titers if applicable), three doses of a tetanus-diphtheria vaccine (including at least one Tdap dose within the past 10 years), two doses of the chicken pox vaccine (or titers if applicable) or proof of physician-diagnosed disease and one dose of meningitis vaccine is required for students residing in university residence halls (a waiver of the meningitisis vaccine requirement is available for students 22 years of age and older. Please contact Health Services for further information)). In addition, a negative tuberculosis test or chest X-ray within the last year is required for entering students who are from highly endemic countries and have been residents of the United States for less than five years. A list of countries where tuberculosis is highly endemic is available upon request from Health Services.
The hepatitis A vaccine is strongly recommended but not required. Please note that further immunization requirements apply to students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Program.
Meningitis is a serious bacterial illness involving an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord. It can also cause blood infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 to 15 percent of individuals with meningococcal disease die, in spite of treatment with antibiotics.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has issued the following recommendations regarding the use of vaccines for college students:
“College freshmen living in dorms are recommended to be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine. If they received this vaccine before their 16th birthday, they should get a booster dose before going to college for maximum protection. . . . The risk for meningococcal disease among non-freshmen college students is similar to that for the general population. However, the vaccine is safe and effective and therefore can be provided to non-freshmen.”
For further information regarding meningitis and the meningococcal vaccine, including vaccine safety information, please see the CDC website.
All medical information is confidential and will not be released by Health Services without your written consent, except as otherwise provided by law.