Immunizations

Flu Vaccine Update: Due to high demand, the flu vaccine is temporarily unavailable at the Student Health Center on campus. While we wait for another shipment of the vaccine, we recommend students get the flu vaccine at a local retail pharmacy, such as Wegmans or CVS.

In order to attend classes and to ensure a healthy student community, New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 and RIT mandate certain immunizations.

All incoming students born on or after January 1, 1957, and enrolled in six or more credit hours must:

  • Provide valid proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella (in English)
  • Read and sign the meningococcal receipt of information section of the immunization form in the RIT Wellness Portal
  • Provide valid proof of meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV-ACYW) on or after the student’s 16th birthday

New York State Law mandates that students will be dis-enrolled from classes if this information is not submitted within the allotted time.

Detailed Immunization Requirements

Action Items:

  • Provide proof of 2 valid MMR vaccines (measles, mumps and rubella) given after first birthday
  • If MMR record is not available, blood titers for each disease may be submitted

Required for:

  • All students born on or after January 1, 1957, and enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • First vaccine must be given after first birthday
  • Must be in English

Dates verified by health care provider or school official

Action Items:

  • Read and sign the meningitis section of the Immunization form confirming that you have received information regarding meningitis vaccine.

Required for:

  • All students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

Due before the start of classes

Action Items:

  • Provide proof of meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV - ACYW) on or after age 16

Required for:

  • All students age 21 or younger and enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • Requires verification of date by health or school official

Action Item:

  • Receive one dose annually

Required for:

  • All students, especially those with a chronic illness or a condition/medication that affects the immune system

Additional Information:

  • Typically available seasonally in the Student Health Center for a fee
  • Available on campus through partnership with Wegmans Pharmacy if you bring your insurance card

More information on the Flu Vaccine Requirement

Additional Immunizations

Action Items:

  • Complete the series of three vaccines               

Required for:

  • Athletes, however it is recommended for all students

Additional Information:

  • Must be in English
  • Requires verification of dates by health or school official

Action Items:

  • Must have received booster within last 10 years
  • Tdap vaccination is recommended for the booster to provide protection against pertussis

Recommended for:

  • All students

Additional Information:

  • Must be in English
  • Requires verification of dates by health or school official

Action Items:

  • Complete the series of valid doses over six months

Recommended for:

  • Women and men ages 9-26

Additional Information:

  • Protects against 9 types of HPV - the virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer.

Action Items:

  • Receive one valid dose

Recommended for:

  • Students with cochlear implants
  • Some students with heart disease or weakened immune system

Action Item:

  • Receive two valid doses 4-8 weeks apart             

Recommended for:

  • Students who have not had chicken pox.

Immunization Exemption Requirements

Medical Exemption

If you are seeking medical exemption from immunizations, sufficient documentation must be submitted by your medical provider, including reason for contraindication and end date (if applicable) and any additional documentation. Students may request the Medical Exemption form from the Student Health Center.

Religious Exemption

If you are seeking religious exemption to immunizations, you must complete the Request for Religious Exemption Form. RIT requires this form to be notarized. New York State does not accept philosophical waivers.

Request for Religious Exemption Form

RIT Employees and Family Members

If you are an RIT employee or family member of an RIT employee and take 6 or more credit hours at RIT, you are considered a student under the NYS Public Health Law 2165/2167. Therefore, employees and family members must comply with established NYS and RIT immunization requirements regardless of how long you have been associated with RIT.

Veterans

If you were honorably discharged within 10 years from the date of your application to RIT, you can submit your armed forces official vaccination records as proof of immunization. If there is a delay in obtaining your official vaccination records, the DD 214 Form (Separation of Service) will enable you to attend classes temporarily.

NOTE: DD 214 does not fulfill the immunization requirements. We must receive your vaccination records.

Online or Off-Campus Program/Major

If all courses are completely online or off-campus, you are not subjected to immunization compliance. If your program is online/off-campus, but you attend an on-campus orientation, on-campus course or other event, you are subjected to immunization compliance.

If you do not plan to be on campus at all, you will be prompted to complete an Attestation that you will not be circulating on campus at this time. If your plans change and you need to come to campus, please cancel your attestation via the MyLife Portal. You will receive a prompt to submit a new Circulation Plan indicating that you plan to be on campus.

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