Students are required to provide a certificate of immunization, in accordance to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (G.S. 130A-155). G.S. 130A-155 applies to all college and university students except the following:

  • Students registered only in online and/or off-campus courses.
  • Students attending night or weekend classes only.
  • Students taking a course load of four credit hours or less and residing off campus.

Student Age & Vaccine Dose Requirements

Students 17 years of age and younger:
  • DTP or Td – 3 Doses
  • Polio – 3 Doses
  • Measles – 2 Doses
  • Mumps – 1 Dose
  • Rubella – 1 Does
  • Hepatitis B* – 3 Doses
Students born in 1957 or later
and 18 years of age or older
  • DTP or Td – 3 Dose
  • Measles – 2 Doses
  • Mumps – 1 Dose
  • Rubella – 1 Dose
  • Hepatitis B* – 3 Doses
Students born before 1957
  • DTP or Td – 3 Doses
  • Rubella – 1 Dose
Students 50 years of age and older
  • DTP or Td – 3 Doses

DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria): Three doses. One must have been within the past 10 years.  Those individuals enrolling in college or university for the first time on or after July 1, 2008 must have had three doses of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid and a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine if a tetanus/diphtheria toxoid or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine has not been administered within the past 10 years.

Measles: One dose on or after twelve months of age; a second dose at least thirty days later; two Measles doses if entering a North Carolina institution for the first time after July 1, 1994; one dose on or after twelve months of age.

If at any time the aforementioned student status changes to on-campus courses, on-campus residence, and/or enrollment in daytime courses, with a course load of more than four credit hours, a Certificate of Immunization or record of immunization should be presented on or before the date the student first registers for a semester.

Specific Exemptions

Polio

An individual attending school who has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive polio vaccine.

Measles

Measles vaccines are not required if any of the following occur: Diagnoses of disease prior to January 1, 1994; an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against measles; or an individual born prior to 1957. An individual who enrolled in a college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994 is not required to have a second dose of measles vaccine.

Mumps

Mumps vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against mumps; an individual born prior to 1957; or an individual enrolled in a college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994. An individual entering a college or university prior to July 1, 2008 is not required to receive a second dose of mumps vaccine.

Rubella

Rubella vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: 50 years of age or older; an individual is enrolled in a college or university before February 1, 1989 and after their 30th birthday; an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against rubella.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B vaccine is not required if an individual was born before July 1, 1994.

Religious Exemption

If the religious beliefs of an adult or the parent/guardian are contrary to the immunization requirements, the individual shall be exempt from the requirements. Upon submission of a written statement of the religious beliefs and opposition to the immunization requirements, the individual may attend the institution without presenting a certificate of immunization.