Immunizations

Student getting an immunization by a nurse practitionerMiami University (Oxford campus) requires several vaccines and strongly encourages others. Incoming students must submit documentation as evidence of these immunizations. The deadline for fall semester is August 1 for students starting in summer or fall and January 15 for students starting in Winter Term or spring.

International students do not need to submit the immunization form electronically by the deadline. Instead, they should bring documentation of their vaccine records to orientation.

Miami University Regionals students are required to submit documentation or receive an approved exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

The following vaccines are required for Miami University Oxford students: 

  • Tdap: One (1) adult dose in the last 10 years
  • Hepatitis B: Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B OR lab report confirming immunity
  • MMR: Two (2) doses of MMR (second one must have occurred on or after first birthday) OR Two (2) doses of Measles, Two (2) doses Mumps, and One (1) dose of Rubella OR lab reporting confirming immunity for each. 
  • Varicella: Two (2) doses of varicella OR Lab report confirming immunity
  • Polio: Three (3) or more doses of IPV or OPV. If the third dose of either series was received prior to the fourth birthday, a fourth (4) dose is required. If a combination of OPV and IPV was received, four doses of either vaccine are required.
  • Meningococcal conjugate (ACWY)*: One (1) dose since age 16.
  • COVID-19: Completion of both doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine (also known as Comirnaty). The University will also accept Moderna (two doses) or Johnson and Johnson (one dose) as proof of vaccination. For international students, the University will accept proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition to these required immunizations, screenings for tuberculosis will be required for the following: 

  • New international students.
  • Any student returning from travel to a high-risk country for greater than 6 weeks (as determined from the CDC data).

High Burden Countries by the CDC

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Central African Republic
  • China
  • Congo
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • DPR Korea (North)
  • DR Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic)
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Russian Federation
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania (United Republic)
  • Thailand
  • Uganda
  • UR Tanzania
  • Viet Nam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Verified 4/1/22

*The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that college students under the age of 25 consult with their health care provider about obtaining the Meningococcal B vaccination in addition to the Meningococcal ACWY vaccination.

Submitting Documentation

There are three steps to completing your required immunization documentation. 

  1. Download the Immunization Documentation form, then print or send electronically to the licensed healthcare provider(s) who has a record of your immunization history. We will also accept immunization reports printed from the provider, but it must include an office logo or stamp. 
  2. Complete the electronic Proof of Immunization form. You will need both the record of your general immunizations from your healthcare provider and your official CDC-issued COVID-19 vaccination card (or other documentation from a WHO-approved vaccine). 
    1. If you have multiple documents to upload, be sure to select all of them when the pop-up window opens. Hold the control (PC) or command (Mac) button to select more than one file. 
    2. When entering dates, always use the format MM/DD/YYYY. 
    3. Complete the form in one sitting. You will not be able to save your progress and return to finish it later. The form should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
  3. Submit your form by using the "Request" button at the bottom. Your responses will be reviewed by a healthcare staff member, and you will be notified if you are missing any documentation. 

If you are requesting an exemption for one or more vaccines, you will receive a link to the exemption form after you submit the Proof of Immunization form electronically. There is space on that form to indicate your intent to request an exemption.  

International students do not need to submit the immunization form electronically by the deadline. Instead, they should bring documentation of their vaccine records to orientation.

FAQs

Who needs to complete this process?

All Miami students must complete this process. Domestic regional students are required to submit COVID-19 vaccine information only; Oxford students are required to submit additional immunizations. The Proof of Immunization form will guide you through what is required for you in your situation.

Why is Miami making me send in this information?

Miami prioritizes students’ safety and wellness; having access to this information allows us to respond quickly should there be an outbreak of a communicable disease.

Is this information private and who will have access to it?

Yes, your information is FERPA-protected and will only be reviewed by a small team of healthcare professionals and Miami administrators directly involved in immunization compliance.

What if I am taking all online courses this year?

If you are taking all online courses, you can skip step one of the three-step process and just complete the virtual form. There is space on the Proof of Immunization form to indicate your status as an online-only student that will exempt you from the process for this semester. If your status changes in future semesters, you will be required to upload your vaccine documentation to remain in compliance with this policy.

What if I am taking classes in person but not on campus (e.g. in Columbus or Cincinnati)?

If you are not taking any physical classes on campus (and will not be physically present on campus for any other reason), you can skip step one of the three-step process and just complete the Proof of Immunization form. There is space on the form to indicate your status that will exempt you from the process for this semester. If your status changes in future semesters, you will be required to upload your vaccine documentation to remain in compliance with this policy.

Can I request an exemption from some vaccines and not others?

Yes. The Proof of Immunization form will allow you to select which immunizations you intend to request an exemption from and which you have received. The exemption form will be sent to you via email after you complete the Proof of Immunization Form, if you indicate you intend to request any exemptions.

Where can I find the exemption form?

The exemption form will be sent via email after you complete the Proof of Immunization form, if you indicate that you intend to request any exemptions.

Do I have to use the Immunization Documentation form or can I submit an alternative format?

We highly recommend you use the documentation form provided to expedite the review and processing of your records. However, you are permitted to submit alternative documentation if need be.

Routine Immunizations

Routine immunizations are available at the Student Health Service. Routine immunizations include:

  • COVID-19
  • Influenza (flu shot)
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • PPD (Tuberculin skin test)
  • TD (Tetanus Diphtheria)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Varicella
  • Meningococcal (AWCY) - Menactra
  • Meningococcal Sero Group B (Trumemba and Bexsero)

Call 513-529-3000 to schedule an appointment.

Risks and Benefits of Immunizations

Visit the Center for Disease Control's Vaccine Safety page for information about immunization safety, benefits and risks. 

Travel Immunizations

Travel vaccines include all routine vaccinations and the following:

  • Hepatitis A (Havrix)
  • Hepatitis A & B (Twinrix)
  • Injectable Polio (IPOL)
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever