MSU's Immunization Policy for Students
MSU policy requires that all incoming freshmen and undergraduate transfer students fill out the web-based immunization form, reporting their immunization status, and updating it as it changes.
MSU strongly recommends, but does not require, that students are current for the recommended vaccines for the young adult age groups listed below.
Students should have had all childhood immunizations required by schools in the U.S., such as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), polio, and tetanus series.
MSU recommendations are consistent with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Newly entering international students are also required to participate in a Tuberculosis screening clinic; the cost for evaluation is $40.
It will be easier for you to complete the web-based immunization form if you have a copy of your immunization record with you. Ask your parents, physician, or high school for a copy of your immunization records.
Vaccines Recommended for Teens and College Students
- Hepatitis B: A one-time series of three doses of vaccine.
- Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis Booster (Tdap): One dose of Tdap at age 11. This recommendation is particularly important due to recent outbreaks of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) and teh dramatic rise of the disease in Michigan and elsewhere in the U.S.
- Meningococcus: One dose of vaccine at age 11 or 12 and a booster at age 16, doses should be at least 2 months apart.
- Varicella (Chickenpox): A one-time series of two doses of vaccine for anyone who has not had chickenpox disease or previous vaccination.
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR): A series of two doses of vaccine on or after the first birthday is recommended.
- Influenza: Vaccination yearly in the fall. Recommended for everyone over age 6 months who does not have a contraindication to the vaccine. It is especially recommended for young people with certain health risks, such as asthma or any chronic disease. Influenza disease is very easy to get in a classroom or crowded living situation. Influenza vaccine is available as a nasal mist or as an injection.
- Hepatitis A: A series of two doses of vaccine for some adults with certain health conditions or occupations. Students may want to consider this if they plan to have an international travel experience.
- Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine (for women and men): A series of three doses of vaccine for prevention of cervical cancer and genital warts.
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPV): A one-dose of vaccine for those under the age of 65 who have any of the following conditions:
- Long term health problems, such as: asthma, heart disease, lung disease, sickle cell disease, alcoholism, cirrhosis, leaks of cerebrospinal fluid, or cochlear implant.
- A disease or condition that lowers the body’s resistance to infection, such as: Hodgkin’s disease/lymphoma or leukemia, kidney failure, multiple myeloma, nephritic syndrome, HIV infection or AIDS, damaged spleen, or no spleen, organ transplant.
- Is taking a drug or treatment that lowers the body’s resistance to infection, such as: long-term steroids, certain cancer drugs, radiation therapy.
- Is a smoker.
Vaccines are available from the MSU Student Health Center for a fee, from most county health departments, or from personal physicians. Some of the vaccines at the county health department are offered at reduced or no cost. Health insurance may pay for some of the immunizations, as well. Students may want to check with their health insurance carrier to see if they do cover part o f these costs.
For questions about the policy, its requirements and recommendations, please call us at 517-353-9101.
For further details about recommended vaccines go to: