*** Special Immunization Announcement ***
Effective July 21st, 2016 updates to the Illinois General Assembly Administrative Code have increased the immunization requirements for incoming fall 2016 college students attending all Illinois State schools. These changes have increased the requirements for Tdap, Rubella, Mumps, Meningitis, and those students born before 1957.
All GSU students are encouraged to log in to their secure student portal to check their current Immunization status.
Where can I locate my immunization documentation?
- Previous high school or four-year college/university
- Military records or World Health Organization (WHO)
- Family physician or childhood records
- Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange (I-CARE) http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm
If none of the above options have your records, request an immunity profile (Titers blood test) that confirms your immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. The lab report(s) must be attached. If you are unable to obtain proof of immunization, you will need to be re-vaccinated.
International students, born outside of the United States, must have had a Tuberculosis (TB) skin test in the U.S. within the last 12 months. If records are not in English, they must be accompanied by a certified translation.
Immunization Record Compliance Deadline:
Students admitted 2018 Spring: Friday, January 12, 2018
Students admitted 2017 Summer and Fall: Friday, September 8, 2017
Students who do not submit immunization records by the above deadline will have a registration hold placed on their account that will prevent registration for classes in the second semester. Students who remain non-compliant will have a $25.00 late fee applied to their account.
Check your GSU student email for regular communication regarding deadlines, late fees, and reminders.
If you are exempt because you exclusively attend classes at an off-site location or are exclusively enrolled in an online degree program, then download the Immunization Exemption Form and submit. Note that a new Exemption Form, signed by your advisor, must be submitted every semester on or before the current Immunization Deadline.
Immunization Records can be submitted to the Student Health and Counseling Center by:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (scanned and attached as pdf)
Drop off: Student Health and Counseling Center, Room A1120
Postal mail: 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois 60484-0975
For more information and to access the Immunization Form, please click here.
Notice about the Meningococcal Conjugate Meningitis Vaccination
Governors State University, consistent with the American College Health Association (ACHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, recommends that students who live in the residence hall and those older than 21 years of age consider the meningococcal conjugate vaccination to reduce their risk for potentially fatal meningococcal disease. For additional information, please refer to the index of the ACHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This statement is intended to promote public health awareness and practices, and is in compliance with the Illinois Meningitis Information Law (110 ILCS 690/35-120).