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New Meningitis Requirement Effective Fall 2018

Why is IU adding meningococcal immunizations to their requirements for first year students?

The Indiana General Assembly passed a law in 2017 that takes effect beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The law requires universities with residential campuses to include meningitis immunization in their immunization standards. This new law will further promote public health and prevent disease in our university community. IU is requiring immunizations that cover the MenACWY (also known as MCV4) and MenB serogroups.

Who else is doing this?

All residential universities in Indiana will have to require some form of a meningitis immunization. Most states, including Indiana, currently require the MenACWY (MCV4) immunization in high schools. MenB is currently a recommended immunization for 12th graders in Indiana and may be a requirement in the near future. In recent years the majority of meningococcal meningitis infections in Indiana have been serogroup B (72%). Therefore, IU and other major universities are now requiring MenB immunizations. This new requirement will help prevent infections in the university community.

How will this impact students?

Under the new requirements, first year students aged 21 or younger will have to be immunized with one dose of MenACWY (MCV4) on or after their 16th birthday. Additionally, first year students aged 23 or younger will have to be immunized with two doses of MenB.

Most high schools already require the MenACWY (MCV4) immunization and MenB is recommended for 12th graders in the state of Indiana. Students without MenB and MenACWY immunizations will have to obtain them either through their primary care physician, local clinic, or university health center.



Immunization Compliance at IUPUI

Indiana University will take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety of members of the university community during global and local infectious disease events. These may include implementing infection control guidelines designed to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases.

Who is affected?

Every student who attends at least one on-campus course at IUPUI for their first major semester (fall or spring). Once a student has become fully compliant with the immunization requirements, that student will remain compliant and no further action is required.

Students who are required to provide immunization information as part of their academic program’s policy, must also comply with the IU policy. Being compliant for one does not mean that a student is compliant with both.

What is required?

In order to be in full compliance with this state requirement, all students must

  • Provide dates of immunization and documentation verifying the date the immunization was administered for the following:
    • Meningococcal
    • Measles – First Immunization
    • Measles – Second Immunization
    • Rubella (German measles)
    • Mumps
    • Tetanus-diphtheria- acellular pertussis (Tdap)
    • Varicella – First Immunization
    • Varicella – Second Immunization
  • All international students must also provide documentation that they have been tested for tuberculosis in the United States, the date the test was performed, and the results of the test, or submit to a test administered on campus shortly after arrival.

Full vaccination requirements can be found here.

How do you comply?

To access the Immunization Compliance Form, follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Log in using your Username and Passphrase.
  3. Type "Immunization" in the search bar and hit enter.
  4. Select the "Immunization Compliance" task from the search results.
  5. Click the green Start button.
  6. Provide the required immunization data for every immunization listed.
  • Note: We recognize that you may be providing the same date and/or
  • documentation for more than one item listed,
  • but until all fields are populated, your information will not be reviewed.

What constitutes acceptable documentation?

  • All immunization documentation must be in English.
  • Documents must contain the student's name and birthdate.
  • Documents must contain the name of the physician or administering facility.

What if you do not have access to your immunization documentation?

State of Indiana Official Immunization Records may be available for Indiana residents via self-service through MyVaxIndiana. The information provided by MyVaxIndiana is supplied by the Children and Hoosier’s Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP). For more information visit the MyVaxIndiana website or contact the following:

  • MyVaxIndiana Email:
  • CHIRP Help Desk Email:
  • CHIRP Help Desk Support: 1-888-227-4439

For Non-Indiana residents, consult your respective state’s immunization registry program.  For a list of registry programs by state, please visit the CDC website.

Should a student not be able to obtain their documentation from their physician, their physician’s office, or their respective state registry, we recommend that you speak to your physician or visit the IUPUI Campus Health Center to determine what your options are.

What happens if you do not comply?

The law stipulates that "if a student fails to comply . . . by the beginning of the student’s second academic term, the postsecondary institution shall prohibit the student from matriculating in the campus of the postsecondary institution, where applicable, until the requirements are met." Therefore, students who do not provide the required immunization data will be prevented from registering for the semester or session following their matriculation semester.

To review the immunization policy in full, visit the University Policies website.

What are the next steps?

For those who are able to provide all dates of vaccination and documentation supporting those dates, your status will automatically be updated to compliant and the hold on your account will be lifted.  No further action is required.  You are now considered compliant at all IU campuses.

Students who provide dates and documentation that do not meet the immunization requirements as listed here will be prompted to make any corrections.  Until all appropriate information has been provided, a student is not compliant.


In lieu of dates of immunization, students may also provide one of the following:

  • physician's written statement of immunity due to having had the infection.
  • a statement of contraindication to a vaccine (accompanied by a physician’s statement).
  • a lab titer documenting immunity.
  • exemption letter based on religious beliefs signed by the student.
  • exemption letter based on other medical condition (accompanied by a physician’s statement) signed by the student.

Medical documentation submitted to support exemption to the immunization policy will be routed to the IUPUI Campus Health Center.   Upon receipt, documentation will be reviewed within 5 business days and either approved or denied.  If documentation is sufficient and all other requirements have been met, students will be marked as compliant and no further action will be required.  If additional documentation is needed, students will be notified via university email as to how to proceed.

Documentation submitted for religious exemption will be routed to the IUPUI Office of the Registrar.  Upon receipt, documentation will be reviewed within 5 business days.  If approved as acceptable documentation and all other requirements have been met, students will be marked as compliant and no further action will be required.  If additional documentation is needed, students will be notified via university email as to how to proceed.  Any questions regarding religious exemption documentation should be directed to the Office of the Registrar at