Health Services

Immunizations and TB Testing Information

Adult Immunization Schedule

The Illinois College Student Immunization Act (110-ILCS 20) requires ALL students enrolled in six (6) or more credit hours per semester (on the Romeoville campus) to provide written evidence of current immune status with respect to certain communicable diseases. You are required to submit an up to date copy of your immunization (shot) record to the Health Services office here on campus.

Deadline: The required documentation must be submitted to Health Services before the 6th week of the first term enrolled to avoid a non-refundable $50 late fee and a Health Services Hold for future class registration. The Health Services Hold will be removed only after the required documentation is received. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Vaccinations REQUIRED by the State of Illinois for college students include Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella:

Tetanus and Diphtheria

  • Td (Tetanus/Diphtheria) - 1 booster dose of combined Td or Tdap within the last 10 years. Tetanus Toxoid (TT) is not acceptable. International Students must provide documentation of at least 3 doses of DTP, DTaP, Td, or Tdap with the last dose within the past 10 years.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella           

  • 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) fulfill the requirements - two (2) doses no less than 28 days apart and both administered after your first birthday and after live vaccine available-May 1, 1971; or a signed record of serologic immunity (antibody titers for measles, mumps and rubella).

Or proof of:

  • 2 Measles (Rubeola, Hard, Red, 10-day) - two (2) doses no less than 28 days apart and administered both after your first birthday and after January 1, 1968; or physician diagnosis of disease; or copy of a lab report proving a significant level of antibodies for immunity to rubeola.

  • 1 Mumps - One (1) dose administered both after your first birthday and after January 1, 1968; or physician diagnosis of disease; or copy of a lab report proving a significant level of antibodies for immunity to mumps.

  • 1 Rubella (German Measles, 3-day) - One (1) dose administered both after your first birthday and after January 1, 1970; or copy of a lab report proving a significant level of antibodies for immunity to rubella. *Note: History of disease is not acceptable for compliance.

Students born before 1957 are exempt from the above MMR requirements but must provide the Td/Tdap documentation as above.

Recommended Immunizations

Meningitis Vaccine

Certain college students are at increased risk for meningococcal disease, a potentially fatal bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis. In fact, freshman living in residence halls are found to have a six-fold increased risk for this serious disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that freshmen living in residence halls receive a meningitis vaccine. If you did not already receive this vaccination during high school or if you received this vaccination before the age of 16, PLEASE GIVE SERIOUS CONSIDERATION to getting this highly recommended vaccination.

Meningitis vaccine is available from your private physician, public health department, and various local pharmacy chains offering “quick care” services. In addition, the Center for Health and Counseling Services is now offering Meningococcal vaccine throughout the semester during regular office hours. The cost is $100 charged to the Lewis University student account.

For more information:

Meningitis on Campus: Know Your Risk

You also can visit the websites of the American College Health Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Influenza Vaccine

Health Services will be offering influenza vaccine to students each fall for a nominal cost. (Supply limited.) For convenience, the charge is simply added to the student's account once they receive the vaccine.
ALL STUDENTS are encouraged to get vaccinated, particularly students living in residence halls and student athletes.

For more information on other recommended vaccinations click on the following links

TB Testing Information

Tests are administered free of charge to all students in the Center for Health and Counseling and must be read by a Center RN 48-72 hours after administration. For this reason, we do not administer tests on Thursdays.

NURSING MAJORS
All nursing students are required to have a TB skin test on file with the College of Nursing and Health Professions prior to starting any clinical rotation.

A 2-step procedure may be required. This test includes 2 separate tests given within 10-28 days of each other. Please check with the CONHP for program requirements.

EDUCATION MAJORS
Official documentation of a negative TB test must be on file in the College of Education prior to student teaching. Please check with the COE for program requirements.

For your convenience, we recommend students do not request TB testing during Doctor Hours on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Questions? Please call (815) 836-5455 during Center hours.

For more information regarding College Immunization Code please contact:

William Moran
IDPH, Section Chief, Immunization Program

or

Carol Finley
IDPH, Assistant Section Chief, Immunization Program
(217) 785-1455

http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm