Navigating the immunization maze

February 17, 2014

As students have returned for the spring semester, they may have noticed signs throughout campus that tell them they have to provide their immunization records.

Now that Governors State University will open its first on-campus residence, Illinois law requires all students to submit immunization records. For students registered for the Spring 2014 semester, the deadline is March 14. For new students registered in Summer or Fall 2014, the deadline to submit the records is September 2.

Students must complete the GSU Mandatory Student Information History form to comply with state law. The form can be found on the university's immunization website at www.govst.edu/immunizations. There you can also find the Student Immunization Fact Sheet & Instructions, which provides specific guidelines regarding authenticity of documents and appropriate signatures. Once students complete the form and have it signed by a healthcare provider, they are to bring the forms to the Academic Resource Center, B1215. If they cannot bring it in person, they can mail the form to:

Academic Resource Center, B1215

Governors State University/Immunization Compliance

1 University Parkway

University Park, IL 60484-0975

There are some exceptions. Those who are graduating in the spring or summer need not provide records. Also, any student born before Jan. 1, 1957 is exempt.

If you have previously submitted to your immunization history to your faculty/academic advisor in compliance with a specific requirement of your degree program, you are still required to submit your immunization history with the completed form to the Academic Resource Center (B1215) by March 14, 2014.

For those who have trouble obtaining their records, GSU partner Riverside Immediate Care in Monee is available to administer the necessary immunizations. Riverside Immediate Care is located at 25711 S. Egyptian Trail, Monee. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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