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Vaccinations Policy

Immunization requirements

In order to minimize potential outbreaks of measles, mumps, and rubella on college campuses, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all applicants to satisfy immunization requirements before they are considered for admission to SPSU.

Do I need to provide proof of immunization?
Proof of immunization is required across all admissions classifications -- freshman, transfer, transient, international, nontraditional, and graduate students. Only applicants with certain medical conditions or religious convictions may be exempt from this policy.

Where can I get the vaccination?
You may receive vaccines from your local health department, private physician, or Georgia State Health Services, to name a few. All locations charge a fee for the vaccinations.

How should the immunizations be documented?
A physician or public health official must show the month and the year that you received the required immunizations. Immunization must be provided on the immunization form. Do not submit school shot records, health history, or other immunization records.

What if I have moved several times since my vaccination, or my doctor is no longer practicing or is deceased?
In all cases, we recommend that you either repeat the doses of MMR over a 30-day period or have your blood drawn for MMR titer.

I was born before January 1, 1957: what should I do?
Based on the assumption that all individuals born before January 1, 1957, are naturally immune to measles and mumps, you will only need to provide need of immunity to rubella. You may receive a rubella vaccine or rubella titer. The CDC reports that a history of rubella disease is not a reliable indicator of immunity and a clinical diagnosis of immunity to rubella should not signify an official diagnosis.