Immunization Requirements

Any student matriculating into Tufts University Public Health and Professional Degree Programs must provide documentation for the State and University immunization requirements listed below, by the given immunization deadline (or immediately following acceptance if the offer is made after the deadline).  An Immunization Form and additional information with your immunization deadline will be sent upon receipt of your enrollment deposit (if applicable) and your candidate reply form.  You will not be registered or able to attend class if you are not in compliance with the listed State and University immunization requirements.

Immunization Deadlines
 Starting Date
Immunizations Due
 January December 2nd
 May  May 1st
 August/September  July 1st

Please keep in mind that it may take several weeks to retrieve childhood immunization records. We recommend that you begin gathering the required documentation as soon as possible.  If you are currently enrolled in college, you should retrieve immunization documentation from your health services clinic prior to graduation.  If it is impossible to obtain documentation of past immunizations, you must be vaccinated again, or provide a positive antibody titer as proof of immunity.

  • Tetanus Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis (Tdap):  One dose of the adult Tdap vaccine, unless current Td booster is less than two years old.  If current Td booster is less than two years old, wait to receive the Tdap vaccine.

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR):

MBS, HC, MPH, DrPH and PREP Students:  two doses of MMR vaccine or positive antibody titers.

PA Students:  two doses of MMR vaccine and a positive rubella antibody titer required, or positive antibody titers for measles, mumps and rubella.

  • Tuberculosis Skin Test: 

MBS, HC, MPH, DrPH and PREP Students:  Required within one year prior to start date.

PA Students:  Required within one year prior to start date and required annually   thereafter.

If tuberculin positive, a chest X-Ray or QuantiFERON-TB Gold Test is required within one year prior to start date.  List history of BCG vaccine and/or INH treatment.

If history of being tuberculin positive, documentation of past positive test is required.

If documentation of past positive TB test is unavailable, physician verification of being tuberculin positive is required.

A history of BCG vaccine is not acceptable as proof of being tuberculin positive.  BCG recipients must provide documentation of a tuberculosis skin test.

  • Varicella (chickenpox):  Year of disease, positive antibody titer, or two doses of vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B:

MBS, HC, MPH, DrPH and PREP: 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine or positive antibody titer. 

PA Students: Positive antibody titer required.  Dates of immunization should be recorded, but will not substitute for antibody titer.

Must attach laboratory report with antibody titer date and result.

  • Meningococcal:  One dose of vaccine within the five years prior to start date, or completion of State Waiver Form
  • Influenza: Annual Seasonal Influenza vaccine required for all students with patient contact, unless medically contraindicated.   Strongly recommended for all others.

The Public Health & Professional Degree Programs Immunization Form is available on the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office (SAHA) website.

If you have any questions about the requirements please call the Student Advisory & Health Administration at (617) 636-2712 or email Lucia Fenney, Immunization Administrator.