Vaccine preventable diseases are a major health concern on college campuses. Since immunization is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective tools for protecting public health, Duquesne University has established a Pre-Entrance Health Immunization Policy for all incoming students (freshmen, transfer students and fellows). Documentation of the following immunizations is required prior to registration for classes:
- Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine is required for students living on campus as mandated by Pennsylvania law (A waiver is available).
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) (two doses). The Schools of Health Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy have specific immunization requirements, as a result of their clinical and internship program requirements, and these requirements will not be waived.
Although not required, the following vaccines are strongly recommended:
- Varicella Vaccine (for those students not protected against chicken pox).
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (three doses).
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (DTP) - within 10 years of last injection.
- Polio Vaccine
A Medical Health History form and a completed Immunization Record must be returned to Health Service prior to registration.
A student may be granted a medical exemption from immunization based upon written certification from a licensed physician, stating that the immunization may be detrimental to the health of the student and is not recommended by the physician. The written certification must contain the physician’s signature and medical license number.
A religious exemption from immunization may be granted based upon a student’s written and notarized statement setting forth her/his specific objection to the required vaccination based upon religious grounds. The University will evaluate each student’s individual request for exemption on a case-by-case basis, and determine at its sole discretion whether or not a waiver should be granted.
If an outbreak of Measles, Mumps or Rubella occurs, any student who has not provided proof of immunization will be prohibited from living on campus or attending classes on campus even though they were granted an exemption, and will be excluded from living on campus or attending classes for fourteen days after the last case. There will be no reimbursement of tuition or fees if this situation should occur.
Students wishing to request an Immunization Exemption should submit a request, in writing, to the Executive Vice President for Student Life.