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Immunizations Required Under the Tennessee State Law

  •  All immunizations must be submitted in English with dates in this format  MONTH/DAY/YEAR  (mm/dd/yyyy).

The State of Tennessee requires that all students enrolled in state colleges and universities meet certain immunization requirements prior to their initial registration in the university or college. These requirements include:

1.  Full-time students born after January 1, 1957, must provide proof that they have received (2) MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) Shots or Physician signed documentation of history of illnesses and dates of illnesses, or positive quantitative laboratory titer results with range. 

2. Full-time students born after January 1, 1980, must provide proof that they have received (2) Varicella (Chicken Pox) Shots or Physician signed documentation of history of illness and date of illness, or positive quatitative laboratory titer results with range. (Effective 7/1/11)

3. All students must complete a Hepatitis B/Meningitis Immunization History Form acknowledging that the student is aware of the risk associated with Hepatitis B and Meningitis Infections on a college campus. There are no exemptions for the completion of this form. You will not be able to register for any classes until this form is received and processed prior to your orientation or registration. 

  • Students under the age of 18, must have a parent or guardian complete and sign this form; and then submit the form to the Student Health Clinic prior to the student's orientation for processing.
  • Students 18 and over will complete this form online electronically when they attend their designated orientation.
  • Graduate students 18 and over will be automatically electronically prompted at the time of their registration for classes, to complete this requirement on line.

Students who cannot provide the required MMR and Varicella immunization documentation listed above, may provide the laboratory titer values (quantitative values) and index documenting positive titer results from a medical laboratory or a medical provider's office for this disease with the appropriate professional contact information and documentation.

If you are taking on-line classes only, you are exempt from the requirements for MMR and Varicella unless you are living in campus housing, however you must complete the Hepatitis B/Meningitis Immunization History form.  You must also complete the Registrar's "On-Line Only Waiver Form" for each semester. 

4) All new incoming students under the age of 22 living in campus housing must provide medical documentation that they have received the Meningococcal vaccine within the past 5 years.  This vaccine is only effective for five years.  If you have had one vaccine and it has been more than five years, then  you will have to receive another vaccine and provide the Student Health Services with that medical documentation.   You will not be able to move into campus housing without providing this documentation. (Effective 7/1/13)

If your vaccine is only good until your move in date, you will have to receive a second vaccine to be protected from Meningitis. It is highly advisable that you receive this second dose of Meningococcal vaccine and provide that documentation to Student Health Services to update your account.


All of these vaccines are available at the Student/University Health Clinic for a fee, or we will file your insurance if you have coverage for adult immunizations on your policy.  Please call your insurance carrier to verify this coverage before making an appointment. (423-439-4225)


MMR Requirement Exemptions
It is Tennessee State Law that all full-time students provide proof that they have received Two MMR Shots. The following exemptions apply to this State Law:

  • Students born prior to 1957.
  • Students who graduated from a public or private high school in Tennessee in May 1999 or at any point thereafter.
  • Students who attended a public or private school in Tennessee for grades Kindergarten through twelve for any period of time on or after July 1, 2001.
  • Students who provide a signed written statement that their religious tenets and practices prohibit their receipt of any type of immunizations. Religious Exemption Form
  • Students with written documentation from a physician certifying that they are allergic to the MMR vaccine. Medical Waiver
  • Students with written documentation from a physician attesting that they have a diagnosed case of Measles, Mumps, or Rubella.
  • Students with written documentation of their laboratory confirmed immunity to measles, mumps, and Rubella.
  • *Students who graduated from a public or private Tennessee high school between May 1979 and December 1998 are not required to provide proof of immunization with the first dose of the MMR vaccination.
  • Students who are classified as active duty military personnel and provide proof of their active duty (Military ID) status or DD214.
  • Students who were previously enrolled as a full-time student at a TBR college or university for at least one full semester after August 1, 2007.


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