To assist in maintaining your health and the health of others on campus, the Student Health Center offers a caring, confidential environment. The maintenance of a student health record is essential for all students. Please read below to understand the requirements for students living on and off campus.

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The Student Health Center assists in maintaining your health and the health of others on campus in a caring, confidential environment. The State of New Jersey requires each student attending state-accredited institutions of higher education to provide his/her complete Student Health and Immunization Record. This is due before you move into residence halls and/or before you start classes. Every undergraduate, graduate, international, domestic, full-time, part-time and transfer student on campus must have a completed Student Health and Immunization Record on file in the Student Health Center. If you are taking all of your classes online, you are NOT required to submit a Student Health and Immunization Record. If you meet on campus for even one (1) class, then please follow the instructions for “Part-Time” students.  Please note the following requirements have been broken down into enrollment categories:

ONLINE/WEBCAMPUS Graduate Students        No Student Health and Immunization Record Required

 

FULL-TIME Undergraduate and Graduate Students (Domestic, International, Transfers)

To comply with New Jersey legal requirements and Stevens’ requirements, you must be immunized /tested for the following prior to attending classes and must provide documented proof in English:

  1. Often referred to as an “MMR” vaccination: (unless born prior to January 1, 1957)

o   Two (2) doses of measles vaccine
o   Two (2) doses of mumps vaccine
o   Two (2) doses of rubella vaccine

2. Two (2) documented doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or the date that you had the actual disease of chicken pox (usually in childhood)

3. A series of three (3) Hepatitis B vaccinations

  o   The first two vaccinations should be one month apart and the third vaccination should be at least six months after the first.
o   We also accept proof of immunity if you have a copy of a blood titer test, HbsAb, to verify immunity. The Hepatitis B Surface Antibody must be printed on the report as either “+” or “positive”

4. One (1) dose of Meningitis (A,C,Y,W-135 serogroups) vaccine ONLY required if planning to reside in Stevens-owned or Stevens-leased housing. If your initial dose was administered before your 16th birthday, you will require a booster dose.

  o   Menomune, Menactra, or Menveo vaccine is acceptable in the U.S.
o   College health centers in NJ must provide information about meningitis disease and keep records as to your response. Please fill out the survey sheet about meningitis provided in the Student Health & Immunization Record.

5. PPD/tuberculin skin test or interferon-based assay blood test Quantiferon Gold or T-spot

  o   This test is required regardless of whether or not you received BCG vaccine as a child
o   A recent chest x-ray written report is acceptable as well (please do not bring us the actual x-rays)
o   If you choose to have a skin test performed, it must have been administered recently (no more than 6 months before the start of classes)

6. A Physical Examination is required and must be completed within one year of enrollment to college.

PART-TIME Graduate Students 

To comply with New Jersey legal requirements and Stevens’ requirements, you must be immunized /tested for the following prior to attending classes and must provide documented proof in English:

   1.       Often referred to as an “MMR” vaccination: (unless born prior to January 1, 1957)

  o   Two (2) doses of measles vaccine
  o   Two (2) doses of mumps vaccine
  o   Two (2) doses of rubella vaccine

2.       Two (2) documented doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or the date that you had the actual disease of chicken pox (usually in childhood)

3.       One (1) dose of Meningitis (A,C,Y,W-135 serogroups) vaccine ONLY required if planning to reside in Stevens-owned or Stevens-leased housing. If your initial dose was administered before your 16th birthday, you will require a booster dose.

o   Menomune, Menactra, or Menveo vaccine is acceptable in the U.S. 

o   College health centers in NJ must provide information about meningitis disease and keep records as to your response. Please fill out the survey sheet about meningitis provided in the Student Health & Immunization Record.

4.       PPD/tuberculin skin test or interferon-based assay blood test Quantiferon Gold or T-spot

o   This test is required regardless of whether or not you received BCG vaccine as a child

o   A recent chest x-ray written report is acceptable as well (please do not bring us the actual x-rays)

o   If you choose to have a skin test performed, it must be administered no more than 6 months before the start of classes

It is very important that you complete the Student Health and Immunization Record in its entirety. An incomplete Record will result in a Registrar’s Hold being placed on your account. This means you will not be able to register in person or via the Web for any future classes until all forms are received by the Student Health Center.

The Student Health and Immunization Record must be submitted before you move into residence halls and/or start classes!

If you have any questions concerning the above information, please email the Student Health Center at [email protected]. We will be glad to assist you.

Information About the Meningitis B Immunization

 Meningococcal bacteria are spread from person to person through exchange of respiratory secretions during close or lengthy contact. The bacteria are commonly carried in the nasopharynx, and most persons do not have symptoms while carrying the bacteria. Patients with invasive meningococcal disease can deteriorate rapidly if untreated. Living in dormitory-style housing and having a high degree of social mixing are considered risk factors for developing meningococcal disease.

Vaccination is the best protection against meningococcal disease. However, the standard meningococcal vaccine required of Stevens’ residential students (those on campus and those in leased housing) protects against serogroups of meningococcal bacteria A, C, W, and Y, but not against serogroup B. Persons not affiliated with the Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus are not recommended to receive the Meningitis B (Men B) vaccine specifically in response to an outbreak that occurred on the Rutgers campus; however, unrelated to this outbreak, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) states that providers should vaccinate persons with high risk conditions and occupations.

At this time there isn’t a recommendation from the CDC for college students to get the MenB, however, students may choose to get this additional protection against meningococcal disease. Please feel free to contact Stevens Student Health Service at 201-216-5678 or [email protected] should you have any questions about meningococcal disease or the MenB vaccine.

Links for Additional Information

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6422a3.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6441a3.htm