Immunizations

Required Immunizations for all students:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) 2 doses
  • Tetanus or Diphtheria (Tdap or Td) must be up to date
  • Hepatitis B series
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2 doses or date of disease

Students are asked to:

  • Provide dates of immunizations.
  • Acknowledge understanding of the university’s expectation for insurance.
  • Acknowledge receipt of information regarding risks associated with meningitis/meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination.

If you reside on campus, Georgia law also requires that you receive a meningitis vaccination or waive this immunization. More information is on the housing contract.

Meningitis/Meningococcal disease is a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection.  The disease is most commonly expressed as meningococcal meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, or meningococcemia, a serious infection of the blood.

The disease strikes 2,500 Americans each year, leading to death in approximately 10-15 percent of cases.  It is estimated that 100-125 cases occur annually on college campuses and 5-15 students die as a result.  The disease can result in permanent brain damage, hearing loss, learning disability, limb amputation, kidney failure or death.

It is transmitted through respiratory secretions (coughing and sneezing) and direct contact with infected persons.  Students living in dormitories have a six-fold increased risk for the disease.

For more information about Meningitis/Meningococcal, please see this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In accordance with Georgia Code all students must comply with the state requirement via our online immunization compliance form found here:

Complete the form

Documentation

Documentation from medical provider is not required if you have been immunized and are able to provide the month and year for the immunizations requested.  If you are unable to provide immunization dates, you may provide a written statement from a physician which:

  • proves immunity because the student had the disease
  • confirms laboratory evidence of immune titer
  • documents specific medical contraindication to a vaccine (allergy or physical condition that prevents vaccination)

This documentation can be emailed to healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu.

Exemptions

Please note: Students filing an exemption to the immunization policy will not be allowed on Oglethorpe University property if an outbreak of any preventable disease occurs on or near campus. No academic or financial accommodations will be made in this situation.

If you have a religious or other objection to our immunization policy, or wish to be exempt for another reason, you must send a signed letter stating the nature of your objection to healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu.

 

Failure to comply with the immunization policy will result in restriction on registration.