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Required Immunizations

Hepatitis B Immunization Requirement

All new Cal Poly students who are 18 years of age or younger on the first day of classes of the first quarter of enrollment at Cal Poly must present proof of Hepatitis B immunization.  The Hepatitis B immunization is a series of three shots, usually given over a period of six months.  You will NOT be allowed to register for your second quarter until you have presented proof to Health Services that you have received at least one shot.  You must complete the series prior to your second year of enrollment.

Students graduating from a California Public school on or after July 1, 1999 are presumed to have satisfied this requirement and no additional documentation is required.

Measles/Rubella Immunization Requirement

All students born after January 1, 1957 must show proof of full immunization against measles and rubella.  The MMR immunization is a series of two (2) shots, separated by at least 28 days.  Certain groups regardless of age must also show proof of full immunization.  These include those who will live in the campus residence halls and all nutritional science or education majors.  Proof of immunity to measles and rubella must be submitted within one year of the time of first enrollment or you will NOT be allowed to register.

Students graduating from a California Public school on or after July 1, 1999 are presumed to have satisfied this requirement and no additional documentation is required.

Compliance with the requirements can be met in the following ways:

1. Submit Documentation

  • A copy of any one of the following:
    • School Immunization Record
    • County Health Department Immunization Record (well baby booklet)
    • International Health & Immunization Record (used by military & foreign travelers)
    • Family physician's record
    • Verified record of blood test showing immunity
  • Download Immunization Form and send Immunization Proof to:
    1 Grand Avenue
    California Polytechnic State University
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0210
    or by FAX: (805) 756-5298


2. Be Immunized

If you don't have documentation, be immunized at:

  • Your private health care provider
  • A local clinic or County Public Health Department
  • The Cal Poly Health Center once you are an enrolled student

3. Have a blood test

A rubella and rubeola titer will determine if you are immune either by past immunization or by having had the diseases.

4. Request a waiver or exemption

  • Medical: If you medical circumstances contraindicate immunization, you may be granted an exemption. 
  • Religious: State law permits exemption from immunization for those who object to immunization on religious or personal grounds.
  • Waivers for exemption are available at Health Services.

In the event of an outbreak of these diseases, students who signed a waiver may be temporarily excluded from class, residence halls or campus.

Questions: (805) 756-1211


Recommended Immunizations

Immunizations for Measles, Rubella, and Hepatitis B are required by Cal Poly. However, the Cal Poly Health Center strongly recommends that all Cal Poly students meet the new California Department of Public Health “Recommendations for Immunization and Screening Requirements for California Colleges & Universities with Student Housing.” The Health Center recommends these immunizations even for students living off campus, because most students live in close quarters with roommates. The California Department of Public Health recommends immunization (or immunity confirmed by blood test) for mumps and varicella (chickenpox), as well as immunizations for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and meningitis.

Not only are the students with a contagious illness subject to isolation, and may need to leave campus, students who have known exposures to an illness may be isolated as well.  Proof of immunization against an illness will help you from being subject to such restrictions.  For more details, click here.

The following table summarizes these recommendations:

Recommended Immunization Doses
Varicella (chickenpox) 2 doses, 1st dose on or after 1st birthday or laboratory verification of immunity
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) 1 dose after the introduction of Tdap in 2005 [check your records to be sure that the shot received was a Tdap]
Meningococcal Conjugate 1 dose
Meningococcal Group B Vaccine Currently Bexsero or Trumenba Series

Meningococcal Disease

Studies done by the CDC and American College Health Association (ACHA) found that cases of Meningococcal disease are three to four times higher among college freshman who live in group settings, e.g. dormitories. Meningococcal meningitis is a potentially fatal infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitides which causes inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.The Meningococcal conjugate vaccine is effective against four subtypes of this bacterium, which together cause about two thirds of all the Meningococcal disease in the United States. Meningococcal Group B vaccine provides additional coverage for other types of meningococcal bacteria.

Meningococcal Disease Response Form

This Housing requirement is now part of the University Housing application.

The meningococcal vaccination is NOT required. However, completion of the Meningococcal Disease Response Form is mandatory for new students living in housing.



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