Immunization Information

Immunization Information

Ways to Submit Immunization Forms

Immunization Policy
Georgia State University is in compliance with the Georgia Board of Regents immunization requirements. All new students must show proof of having the required immunizations. These immunizations need to be documented on the Immunization form (Certificate of Immunization) found on this page.

Students can request records of their immunizations from schools that they have previously attended, county health departments, military records or their physician.

All vaccinations or history of disease must be validated by a licensed health care provider with a signature and medical office stamp. Parent or guardian notes for history of disease are not acceptable forms as the requirement must be validated from a health care professional and a medical office stamp.

Required Immunizations

All students attending Georgia State University are required to submit a written or electronic healthcare provider record to the GSU Student Health Clinic confirming immunization to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); varicella; and tetanus/diphtheria (Tdap or Td).

Students who are less than 19 years old at the time of registration are also required to have received the hepatitis B vaccine series.

Students residing in campus housing are required to receive the meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine.

Immunization Record Processing

Students should allow seven (7) days from the time their immunization records are received for processing, posting and releasing immunization holds. Incomplete or unacceptable records may take up to 14 business days due to correspondence time requesting corrections. Common reasons for incomplete immunizations records are no valid Panther ID, no physician signature, no physician stamp or unreadable dates.

Unable to Locate Immunization Records

Students who are unable to locate their immunization records but are certain that they have had the immunization should have blood tests (titers) done at the Student Health Clinic instead of repeating the shots. If the titer shows that the student is immune, then he or she has proven immunity. If the titer shows a student is not immune, he or she will need to receive the immunization. Proof of tetanus and diphtheria is by immunization record only; there is no titer for this immunization.

Permanent or Temporary Immunization Exemption

Under certain conditions, students may obtain an excuse from, or exemption, from immunization requirements. However, students who have an exemption may be subject to exclusion from school in the event of an outbreak of a disease for which an immunization is required.

Medical Exemptions:

Accepted with a signed and notarized note from student’s health care provider on letterhead. The letter should indicate whether this is a permanent or temporary exemption and if temporary, the date the exemption will expire. Students will also need to indicate their request for exemption on the Certificate of Immunization.

  • Permanent: Permanent medical contraindication (allergy, etc.).
  • Temporary: Exempt for a period of time (pregnancy, etc.).

Religious Exemptions:

Immunizations are in conflict with religious beliefs. Students must submit a completed and notarized Affidavit of Religious Objection to Immunization form, in addition to the Certificate of Immunization.

Distance Learning:

Students enrolled only in courses offered by distance learning can request an exemption. If the student enrolls in a class on campus, the exemption is void. Students must indicate the request on the Certificate of Immunization.

Military Exemption:

Students seeking military exemptions must show their DD214 form or an equivalent military discharge form.

FAQs

If you have additional questions, please Review our Immunization Frequently Asked Questions