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Immunization Requirements

The State of Connecticut General Statutes Section HB 6423 and Fairfield University require each full-time or matriculating student to provide proof of immunity or screening against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, meningitis and tuberculosis. Matriculating students are defined as those enrolled in a degree seeking program. This includes both undergraduate and graduate students.

The following are mandatory:

(Students born before Jan. 1, 1957 are exempt).
You must provide proof of one of the following:

  • Two MMR immunizations (one on or after your first birthday and after Jan. 1, 1969 AND one at least 28 days later and after Jan. 1, 1980),
    OR
  • Documentation of positive MMR titer (blood test),
    OR
  • Documentation of date of MMR disease by your health care provider

(Students born in the U.S. before Jan. 1, 1980 are exempt)
You must provide proof of one of the following:

  • Two varicella immunizations (one on or after your first birthday and one at least 28 days later), OR
  • Documentation of positive Varicella titer (blood test),
    OR
  • Documentation of date of varicella disease by your health care provider

(Required for students living on campus only)
You must provide proof of having received a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine not more than five (5) years before enrollment. Examples of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines include Menactra or Menveo. A Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet is available (see below).

Tuberculosis (TB) screening All students are required to complete a series of TB risk assessment questions. Students determined to be at high risk for TB need TB testing as outlined on the Medical Report form. 

The following are recommended, not required:

Hepatitis B immunization is recommended. (This is not a requirement). A Hepatitis B Fact Sheet is available.

Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine is recommended. (This is not a requirement).

Teens and young adults (16 through 23 year olds) may also be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (Bexsero or Trumenba) to provide protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. Two or three doses are needed depending on the brand. (This vaccine is given in addition to the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine.)

The University is strongly recommending vaccination against Covid-19 for all students. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone should be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. The available Covid-19 vaccines are considered safe and effective. Individuals with “fully vaccinated” status are significantly less likely to become seriously ill or be hospitalized. Vaccination helps to break the chain of disease transmission, prevent emergence of variant strains and will protect others as well as the vaccinated individual. For more information, please visit the Vaccines for Covid-19 page on the CDC website.

Students are considered “fully vaccinated” at least two weeks after the last dose of a complete COVID-19 vaccination regimen. The following are important considerations regarding students with fully vaccinated status:

  • Students with this status will be exempt from mandatory surveillance COVID-19 viral testing. Presently, this testing is required weekly.
  • Fully vaccinated students exposed to someone infectious with COVID-19 will be exempt from the mandatory ten-day quarantine.

Please note: Unvaccinated students needing to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposure or infection will be required to isolate or quarantine at home or another privately arranged location.

It is MANDATORY that students document the requirements using the Student Medical Report Form (see below) before registering for classes at Fairfield University.

Options for returning your completed Student Medical Report to the Student Health Center

  • Mail your Student Medical Report to the address listed on page one of the form.
  • Fax your Student Medical Report to 203-254-4263
  • Upload a scanned copy of your Student Medical Report using our secure Student Health Portal.
  • Instructions on how to upload your Student Medical Report – (preferred method).
  • You will need to be an active student with a Fairfield University Net ID and password to utilize the Student Health portal
  • Access the secure Student Health Portal
  • Students born prior to January 1, 1957 are exempted by age to the measles, mumps and rubella requirement.
  • Students born in the U.S. before January 1, 1980 are exempted by age to the varicella requirement.
  • The University will only permit vaccination waivers for medical reasons. A signed statement from your health care provider indicating the specific medical contraindication is required for medical exemption.
  • Exemption for medical reasons subjects the individual to exclusion from campus in the event of an outbreak of a disease for which immunizations are required.

Mandatory immunization requirements are strictly enforced. Please consult your private health care provider to obtain necessary vaccinations. The Student Health Center is not able to offer all vaccinations.

Please Note: Students enrolled in the Fairfield University School of Nursing will be notified of additional specialized immunization requirements and documentation procedures.

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