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Student Health Center
202-885-3380
Fax: 202-885-1222
shc@american.edu
McCabe, Room 1st Floor

Fall & Spring Hours: Mon & Thurs – 8:30am – 8:00pm

Tues, Wed & Fri – 8:30am – 6:00pm*

Summer and Spring Break Hours:
Mon - Fri - 8:00am-4:30pm

*(Closed Wed 9-9:45 a.m. for staff meeting)

Cook, Edythe-Anne
Associate Director for Administrative Services

Student Health Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8036
OCL Student Health Center readying injection

Immunizations

Frequently asked questions

Who is required to submit immunization information and what immunizations are required?
Any student under the age of 26 attending school in the District of Columbia is required to submit proof of the following vaccinations:

  • Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), given after 1 year of age and at least 30 days apart.
  • One Diphtheria/Tetanus booster given within the past ten years.
  • Two doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) given after 1 year of age and at least 30 days apart OR titer results indicating immunity, OR physician documentation of having had the disease (must include month and year of illness).
  • A series of three Hepatitis B immunizations administered over a 6 month period. The second dose should have been administered a minimum of 4 weeks after dose#1, and the third dose should have been administered a minimum of 16 weeks after dose #1 AND 8 weeks after dose#2. Students who received the Hepatitis B vaccination under a different administration schedule should provide titer results proving immunity.
  • Meningococcal vaccine is recommended for students living in campus housing and should be given after their 16th birthday, OR a signed Waiver Request Form must be provided.
  • Students under the age of 18 must also show proof of being vaccinated against Polio.

I did not have the varicella (chicken pox) vaccination because I contracted the chicken pox. What do I need to do?
If you did not have the varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, but had the disease, you will need to provide physician documentation of disease (including month and year of disease). Otherwise, you will need to obtain a blood titer results for varicella (chicken pox).

If I am in the process of completing any of the vaccines that require multiple doses, will I be permitted to register for classes?
As long as you are in the process of completing the immunization requirements you will be able to register for classes. However, a stop (prevents you from registering for classes) will be put on your account if you do not complete the immunization series.

If you do not have access to your prior immunization records, you will need to have a blood test called a blood titer. A blood titer will show if you have either had the disease in the past, or have immunity based on prior vaccination. Tetanus, however, is an immunization which does not have an available titer. If you have not had a Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years, you will need to update it.

Are all of the required immunizations available at the Student Health Center?
Yes, all of the required immunizations can be administered at the Student Health Center. Please refer to our fee schedule for the costs of each immunization.

What additional vaccines are recommended?
The Student Health Center recommends that all students (both female and male) receive the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination.

In addition we recommend that students who will be volunteering in the community, or students who have traveled abroad receive a TB test prior to coming to American University.

What do I need to do if I wish to be exempted from receiving immunizations due to my medical history or religious beliefs?
You may be granted an exemption from the mandatory immunization requirement due to medical reasons or your religious beliefs. The letter should be addressed to the President of American University as the head of the institution.

Religious exemption is allowed if the responsible person objects in good faith and submits a letter stating that immunizations violate his or her religious beliefs.

Medical exemption is allowed if a physician provides a detailed letter indicating that immunizations are medically inadvisable.

What do I need to do if I have a copy of my doctor's immunization record?

You may submit your records via one of the following:

Upload the immunization record from your physician's office on the student health portal

Email: immunizations@american.edu

If you do not have a copy of your immunization record please have your physician complete the Immunization Form. This form must be signed and stamped by your physician.