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Immunizations
ALL entering students must have the following immunizations and screening tests prior to registration:

  1. Tuberculin skin test: this test must be performed annually, and subsequent tests will be done for students at no charge at UT Student Health Services, located in the UT Professional Building, 6410 Fannin, Suite 130. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 713-500-5171.

  2. Measles: proof of two doses of measles vaccine administered on or after the first birthday and at least 30 days apart or proof of immunity

  3. Mumps: proof of one dose of mumps vaccine administered on or after the first birthday or proof of immunity

  4. Rubella: proof of one dose administered on or after the first birthday or proof of immunity

  5. Tetanus/diphtheria: proof of one "booster" dose of tetanus/diphtheria (within 10 years)

  6. Meningococcal (Meningitis): Required of all incoming and transfer students under the age of 22. Students must have been immunized within the past 5 years and submit proof of immunization at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.

  7. Varicella (Chickenpox) Series: Two-dose series (second dose one month after first dose) or a physician-validated history of the disease or lab report of positive varicella titer.

A hold will be placed on your record until the immunization form is received.  A complete immunization form must be uploaded into myUTH. You will receive your myUTH account information via email from the Office of the Registrar once you have accepted our offer of Admission. Please see the FAQ for questions or contact Student Health Services for assistance regarding required immunizations. 

Student Health Services will check the form to make sure it is complete and then will notify the Registrar's Office to remove the hold from your registration. If the form is not complete, Student Health Services will notify you regarding what is needed.

Although you may obtain immunizations from Student Health Services, there will be a charge because you will not be considered a student (and therefore entitled to free services) until you have registered; and you cannot register until you can show proof of immunization.

Registration will be much easier for you if, by the time you arrive at GSBS, you have documented to Student Health Services that you have had the required immunizations.


Immunization Against Hepatitis B Virus

Please note that immunization against the hepatitis B virus is not required prior to registration. However, anyone performing tasks that involve exposure or potential exposure to human blood, body fluids, or tissues should be immunized against the hepatitis B virus (HBV). UT-HS offers HBV vaccinations to students who meet the exposure criteria noted above. This series of three shots is offered by the Health Services. So, if for example, you end up doing a tutorial rotation in a laboratory in which human blood, body fluids, or tissues are used, you should be vaccinated against HBV as soon as possible