Health Center

Required immunizations and Tuberculosis screening

  1. All students born after December 31, 1956 are required to provide documentation of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccinations received after the first birthday. This information must be on file before a student is permitted to register.
  2. MMR vaccinations are available at the Health Center for no charge or $15 in some cases. The second dose can be administered no sooner than four weeks after the first. If no documentation is available titers can be done to prove immunity. Please call for the current price for titers.
  3. Requests for immunization exemption can be made at the Health Center. Exemptions can be based on medical, religious, or personal grounds. If a student is granted an exemption and there is a suspected disease outbreak on campus, the student will be restricted from the campus for the duration of the outbreak.  In addition, exempt students may be ineligible for certain university sponsored activities.These activities may include, but are not limited to off-campus programs and classes, athletic programs and competitions, and study abroad.
  4. International students, faculty and visiting scholars from countries at risk will be required to have a tuberculosis skin test (PPD). This test must be done at the Student Health Center after arrival at PLU.
  5. MMR vaccinations and PPD testing must be done at the same time or at least four weeks apart. International students needing MMR vaccination are asked to get them at least four weeks before arrival or to wait until after arrival so the vaccination can coincide with the PPD test.
Immunizations We Strongly Recommend
Although PLU does not require students to have the following vaccines, we strongly urge students to obtain these immunizations. These immunizations can help protect each student, as well as the PLU community as a whole. Each of these vaccines is a standard, routine vaccine, advised by multiple medical organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TdAP)

Washington State recently experienced the worst whooping cough (Pertussis) outbreak in 50 years. This infection passes through the air, and it spreads easily through college campuses. It is known as the “100 day cough,” since it is a prolonged, debilitating illness. A booster vaccine is advised every ten years.

Meningitis (Meningococcal Vaccine)

Meningitis is a life-threatening infection that is passed through the air. The mortality rate is more than 30 percent. There have been outbreaks in several college campuses during the past year. The CDC urges a booster vaccine every five years for college students. Make sure that your vaccine is up to date!

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

This is a standard, routine vaccine for all American men and women at age 13. This vaccine is a safe, effective way to reduce the risks of many kinds of cancer. This includes cancers of the mouth, throat, cervix, and there are links to prostate cancer and heart disease.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Most American children are vaccinated against chickenpox. If you have not been vaccinated and if you have never had the Chickenpox disease, it can be a serious illness during college.

Hepatitis A

This is a routine vaccination for children in the United States. Hepatitis A is usually passed through contaminated food or person-to-person contact.

Hepatitis B

This is a routine vaccination for children in the United States. Hepatitis B can cause a rapidly progressive, life-threatening liver cancer.

Locate Your Immunization Records

These may be available from your high school, primary care provider, or your own records. Verify that you have received these vaccines. If you were born in Washington State, the PLU Health Center may be able to obtain some records using a state registry. You are welcome to call us (253-535-7337) or send email to health@plu.edu for assistance.

IF YOU NEED VACCINES:

If it is before your 19th birthday:
These vaccines are provided by the PLU Health Center at no charge.

If it is after your 19th birthday:
You may obtain these vaccines from the PLU Health Center for a fee. We can provide you with a statement to send to your insurance company. We do not bill insurance companies directly, and we can never guarantee that an insurer will reimburse you. We urge you to talk with your insurance company first. If necessary, you may be able to obtain these vaccines from a retail pharmacy or from another healthcare provider. Please make certain that the PLU Health Center has updated immunization records for you.

After undergoing these vaccines, please send us a record of your immunizations so that we can keep your file up to date. You may FAX a copy to 253-536-5042, scan and email the record to health@plu.edu, or send a paper copy to the PLU Health Center, Tacoma WA 98447-0003.