Step 7—Meet Immunization Requirements
All students must meet specific immunization requirements. If you 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 the 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.
Hepatitis B—Required for Students Aged 18 or Younger
If you are age 18 or younger, you are required to present proof of immunity against Hepatitis B during your first semester. You may submit: proof of vaccination (Hepatitis B vaccination is a series of three injections given over a period of at least four months); laboratory evidence of immunity; or medical documentation showing that you have previously had the disease. If you have no proof of immunity, you may begin vaccination during your first semester and receive at least one vaccination each semester until you complete the series.
Although immunization against this infection is not a requirement, all entering transfers, particularly those living in residence halls, are urged to consider vaccination. One vaccine is fairly effective against the majority 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 people 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
Under the Affordable Care Act, with few exceptions, all Americans are required to have health insurance. Many CSU students may no longer be covered under their parents' health plans. The university does not provide accident or health insurance coverage to students. Students may obtain medical coverage (including Medi-Cal) through www.CoveredCA.com.
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.