Step 6—Meet Immunization Requirements
All students must meet specific immunization requirements. If you have graduated from a California public high school, you may have already satisfied these requirements. To meet these requirements, you should submit medical documentation or laboratory evidence as proof of immunity to Student Health Services through its secure web portal, HealtheConnect.sdsu.edu.
If you do not provide proof of required immunizations during your first semester at SDSU, you will not be allowed to register for classes the next semester. Students may also receive vaccinations or testing for immunity for a fee at Student Health Services, which provides a full range of medical services for students. You may also discuss immunizations with your family physician or county health department. Please visit the Student Health Services website for the latest information regarding immunization requirements.
Measles and Rubella—Required for All Students
If you were born on or after January 1, 1957, you must present proof of immunity against measles and rubella during your first semester at SDSU. One way is to submit proof of two vaccinations for measles and rubella given after your first birthday and after 1968. You may also submit laboratory evidence of immunity or medical documentation that you have previously had one or both of the diseases. You should submit medical documentation or laboratory evidence as proof of immunity to Student Health Services through its secure web portal, HealtheConnect.sdsu.edu.
Hepatitis B—Required for All Students
First-time enrollees age 18 or under are required to present proof of immunity to Hepatitis B during their first semester. Requirements may be satisfied by providing proof of three hepatitis B immunizations or a blood test (titer) showing immunity. Three doses are required over a 4-6 month period. You must provide proof of immunity or begin the vaccine series prior to the registration deadline of your second semester or you will not be able to register. The series must be completed prior to the registration deadline of your third semester or you will not be able to register. You should submit medical documentation or laboratory evidence as proof of immunity to Student Health Services through its secure web portal, HealtheConnect.sdsu.edu.
Although immunization against this infection is not a requirement, all entering freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls, are recommended to consider vaccination. One vaccine is fairly effective against the majority of the strains (serogroups A, C, W,& Y) of this bacterium, but unfortunately its immunity effect declines over a few years. A second “booster” dose is recommended between the ages of 16 to 18 for those students who received their first vaccination at age 15 or younger. A different vaccine, effective against meningococcal serogroup B, is recommended for high risk individuals age 10 or older, but may be administered to 16- to 23-year-olds (preferably at ages 16 to 18). As the risk of becoming infected with meningococcus declines with age, there is less of a reason to immunize older students, although they may do so if they desire, or if recommended by a physician.
Other Recommended Immunizations
Other immunizations also protect students against these potentially severe infections: influenza (flu), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, mumps, chicken pox (varicella), human papilloma virus (HPV), and Hepatitis A.
Health Care Insurance
SDSU Student Health Services is a vital program, but it does not cover medical emergencies, after-hours care, a full range of medical specialists, hospital facilities, or health care services outside the area. It is recommended that students arrange with their health plan to have a local primary care physician. While the university does not provide accident or health insurance coverage to students, we do have several services available to assist students with obtaining or utilizing their health care.
Health insurance or health care is an important part of taking care of one’s own health and well-being and there are mandates and policies that require individuals to have health insurance. Students can meet with a Community Resource Specialist at the Health Promotion Department to learn more about their health insurance, find local providers who accept their insurance, know where to go in an emergency, or to access specialists. Students can also meet with a staff member if they are looking to obtain health care or to want to better understand their options. To make an appointment call (619) 594-4133. Students can also access health care options through www.CoveredCA.com.