Admission Health Requirements

The health of the individual can affect the health of the campus community. To protect the campus from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, all students entering UCI for the first time are required to provide proof of compliance with specific immunizations immunity and tuberculosis screening. Incoming graduate students, including international students, must also comply with these requirements as well as any additional admission health requirements that are specific to their school, if applicable.


University of California Immunization and TB Screening Requirements and Recommendations

UC Immunization Policy FAQ's

Vaccine Information Statements:


A Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is a document, produced by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), that informs vaccine recipients - or their parents or legal representatives - about the benefits and risks of a vaccine they are receiving. As a patient, you should receive a VIS from your provider for each vaccine that has been recommended for you prior to receiving the vaccine. Please visit the CDC website for the Vaccine Information Statement pertaining to the specific vaccine that you will be receiving (CDC Vaccine Information Statements) as well as additional information (CDC VIS Information).

Medical students have additional health clearance requirements beyond those required for all other students. UCI's School of Medicine has adopted the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form for medical students'' documentation of their immunizations, immunity and TB screening/testing.

All documentation provided by medical students related to their immunizations, immunity and TB screening/testing is submitted directly to and maintained by the UCI Student Health Center- Medical Records Department on behalf of SOM.

You have two options for providing the required documentation:

  1. If you do not have copies of your immunization records, download the AAMC form and have it completed/signed by your health care provider.
  2. In lieu of completing the AAMC form, you may submit copies of official immunization records from your health care provider. Please ensure that the documentation is complete per the SOM requirements.

All documents should be submitted to the Student Health Center by mail, fax or in person.

Below are the REQUIRED immunizations for ALL students including international students:

Notice: All incoming UC students are REQUIRED to obtain the following vaccines and undergo screening for Tuberculosis.
Required Vaccination & Screenings Required Dosage & Screening Information
1. Vaccine: Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Two (2) doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday; OR positive titer (laboratory evidence of immunity to disease)
2. Vaccine: Varicella (Chickenpox) Two (2) doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday; OR positive titer (laboratory evidence of immunity to disease)
3. Vaccine: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) One (1) dose after age 7
4. Vaccine: Meningococcal conjugate (Serogroups A, C, Y, & W-135) One (1) dose on or after age 16 for all students who are ages 21 years or younger; Menactra or Menveo vaccines are preferred.
5. Screening: Tuberculosis (TB) All incoming students must complete a Tuberculosis risk questionnaire. Incoming students, who are at higher risk* for TB infection as indicated by answering yes to any of the screening questions, must undergo either skin or blood testing for TB infection within twelve (12) months prior to entry to UC Irvine. *Higher risk includes travel to or living in South & Central America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East; prior positive TB test; or exposure to someone with active TB disease.


Tuberculosis Screening:


As noted above, TB testing may be required based upon answers provided by students on the TB screening questionnaire (page one of the Incoming Student Health Form) to determine freedom from the disease. TB screening testing must be performed within twelve (12) months prior to entry to UC Irvine.


Exemption from Immunizations:


If the vaccines are not advisable due to a medical condition, please download the Vaccination Medical Exemption Form and have it completed by a licensed physician unrelated to you. The form can be faxed or mailed to Student Health Center. If you need assistance in completing the exemption form, a nurse at SHC can assist you. Please call (949) 824-5304 to make an appointment. Please note that exemptions from UC's immunization requirements are no longer permitted for personal or religious beliefs.


How to Provide Proof of Immunization:


Students are encouraged to enter their immunization and TB screening information and upload copies of their immunization records directly into their secured SHC electronic health record. Go to and logon to the Wellness, Health & Counseling Services student health portal. (The immunization self-entry function is not currently available to medical students.)


Select the Forms link on the left sidebar and then the Immunizations link. Follow the instructions for entering your immunization, immunity and TB screening/testing information. If you are unable to logon to the portal, then it is likely that your demographic information including student ID number has not yet been uploaded into SHC's electronic health record from the Registrar's database which typically occurs between the mid-June to mid-July timeframe.

As an alternative to immunization "self-entry" into the student health portal, students may submit copies of official immunization records (such as immunizations on high school transcripts or yellow travel cards) to the Student Health Center by mail, fax, or in person. If the student does not have a copy of their immunization history, the Incoming Student Health Form can be completed by a physician instead.


Please refer to the FAQ page for further questions.