Immunizations

Student Health Service staff extends a warm welcome to entering undergraduate students, graduate students, non-degree students, transfer students, and parents.

The District of Columbia Immunization Law requires that all students born after August 1, 1987 for Fall admits and January 1, 1988 for Spring admits, provide proof of certain immunizations prior to registration.

Download and complete the Mandatory Health Form (English Version) or Mandatory Health Form (Chinese Version).

Required Immunizations

  • One Tetanus Diphtheria booster or Tdap vaccine given within the last 10 years.
  • Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) given after age one and a minimum of 30 days apart, or provide laboratory proof of immunity.
  • Two vaccinations against Varicella (Chicken Pox) given a minimum of 30 days apart, regardless o fthe age at which the student was first vaccinated, or provide history of Varicella (Chicken Pox) disease, or provide laboratory proof of immunity.
  • Three vaccinations against Hepatitis B, Dose 2 given 30 days after Dose 1, Dose 3 given 4 months after Dose 2, or according to the Hepatitis accelerated schedule, or provide laboratory proof of immunity.
  • Meningococcal vaccine given on or after their 16th birthday, or a signed Waiver Request Form (English Version) or Waiver Request Form (Chinese Version).
  • International Students: All of the Above + TB screening (PPD) strongly recommended.

Deadlines

All students must have forms submitted by:
• August 1 for Fall Admits
• January 1 for Spring Admits

Medical or Religious Exemptions

Students seeking exemption from the immunization requirement for medical or religious reasons must submit the following:

  1. A letter from a medical clinician or religious clergy stating the reason for a need for exemption.
  2. GW Mandatory Health Form (English Version) or Mandatory Health Form (Chinese Version).
  3. Copy of MMR and Varicella Titer results.

Processing Time

It takes approximately four weeks to process the form by mail. For forms that are faxed or walked in, it takes one to two weeks. We do not process records on weekends. During class registration periods, records are generally processed within two to four business days.

Registration Holds

Your student account will incur a registration hold if complete immunization records are not received by our office. After we receive your complete immunization records, the hold will be lifted. To see if your hold has been lifted:

  1. Login to the GWeb Info System.
  2. Select the following: Student Records & Registration -> Student Records Information Menu -> View Administrative Holds.
  3. “Incomplete Immunization Status” means your record was either not received or is incomplete. If there is no Student Health hold listed, your record is received and complete.

Record Request

If you need to request your Medical, Immunization or Psychiatric records, please download the appropriate form:

Immunization Record Release Form
Medical Record Release Form
Psychiatric Record Release Form

Please allow five (5) business days in order to complete a record request for Medical and Immunization Records. Psychiatric records require 7-10 business days. The above forms can be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the following location:

Student Health Service
2141 K Street NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC, 20037
Tel: 202-994-6827
Fax: 202-973-1572

Immunization records for students newly entered in Spring 2014 are currently unavailable for request. Immunization records are no longer on file for birthdays prior to 1971.

All students enrolled in the MD program who entered in Fall 2007 to present should request copies of their immunization records from the following location:
School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean's Office
2300 Eye Street, NW Suite 713W
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: 202-994-2202
Fax: 202-994-0926

Please note Student Health Service no longer provides these records as the Medical School now processes these requests.

 

For more information please email immunreq@gwu.edu