University Immunization Requirements

All Creighton University students are required to comply with the University’s immunization requirements. Students receive approval for course registration upon the completion and verification of their immunization records as coordinated by the Student Health Education and Compliance Office. Failure to meet these requirements will result in denial of class registration privileges. The requirements follow CDC guidelines and are reviewed annually. Immunization requirements apply to all students. International students, health science students and residential students (living in campus housing) have specific requirements. The Student Health Education and Compliance Office is the official record keeper for Creighton University regarding student immunizations and University immunization requirements. Please consult the Student Immunization Requirements website for additional details.

Residential Students:Students must have immunization requirements completed and immunization records verified by Student Health Education and Compliance prior to registering for classes and prior to receiving a housing assignment. Students who are in process of completing immunization requirements (i.e., have started a series for the first time) may be granted class registration and/or housing assignment privileges at the discretion of Student Health Services.

Immunization Exemptions: Exemptions to the University immunization requirements are considered for students who have a documented medical contraindication to receiving immunizations. Religious exemptions are not accepted. Students may request an exemption form from Student Health Services. Completed exemption forms are reviewed by the Student Health Services Medical Director. Students are provided written notification of the acceptance or denial of the immunizations exemption request.

ALL STUDENTS attending classes on campus:

Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) 

  • 2 doses MMR vaccine given after the 1st birthday and at least 30 days apart are required of all students born in 1957 or later OR
  • Positive titers showing immunity for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
  • History of disease does NOT meet the requirement

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS (living on campus):

  • Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) (See Above under ALL STUDENTS)
  • Meningitis Vaccine - 1 dose Meningitis vaccine given after 16 years of age. Applies to ages 21 and under
  • Tdap Vaccine - 1 dose Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) Two (2) doses of Varicella vaccine OR Verification of chickenpox disease

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

Must meet requirements for ALL STUDENTS (see above).
If living on campus, must also meet requirements for ALL STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS.

Tuberculosis Screening
QuantiFERON or T-SPOT (IGRA testing) within the previous 12 months; Chest x-ray completed within the previous 12 months for students with a history of a positive PPD skin test or IGRA blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-Spot) who have not completed tuberculosis treatment

ALL Health Science Students (Dentistry, EMS, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant):

Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)
2 doses MMR vaccine given after the 1st birthday and at least 30 days apart OR
Positive blood tests showing immunity for Measles, Mumps and Rubella; History of illness does NOT meet the requirement

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine
One (1) does of adult Tdap; If last Tdap is more than 10 years old, provide date of last Td and Tdap

Hepatitis B
3 dose series AND a positive blood test showing immunity (Hepatitis B surface antibody test). A positive blood test alone meets the requirement. If lab titer is negative, additional doses of vaccine and repeat titer will be necessary.

Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Two (2) doses Varicella vaccine OR positive blood test showing immunity; History of illness does NOT meet requirement for Health Science Students

Tuberculosis Screening

  • Initial two (2)-step screening - 2 separate PPD skin tests given and read at least 1 week apart OR 2 tests in a 12 month period.
  • Annual PPD screening after two-step requirement is met
  • QuantiFERON or T-SPOT is also acceptable
  • Students with a positive skin test and subsequent positive IGRA testing: Chest x-ray done in the past 12 months
  • Annual Provider Review

Annual Influenza Vaccine 
Due before December 1st each year.

Meningitis Vaccine (IF LIVING ON CAMPUS)
1 dose Meningitis vaccine given after 16 years of age.  Applies to ages 21 and under.

Additional vaccine information can be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis