Prospective Students

Immunization Policy  


Proof of immunity to communicable disease is mandatory if you plan to attend the Johns Hopkins University.  We follow the immunization guidelines of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA).  All students new to the university are required to provide proof of immunity to certain communicable diseases.  Proof of immunity can be demonstrated by health care provider verification of the dates of the vaccinations and/or by laboratory evidence of antibody blood titer tests demonstrating immunity.


Required Immunizations:

Measles (Rubeola) - Two doses are required.  The first dose must be given on or after 12 months of age; the second dose must given at least 30 days after the first dose.

Mumps  -  Two doses are required.  The first dose must be given on or after 12 months of age; the second dose must be given at least 30 days after the first dose.

Rubella - One vaccination given on or after 12 months of age. 

Students can meet these requirements by receiving:         

     *two doses of MMR vaccine (a combination of Measles, Mumps and 

      Rubella vaccines) OR,      

     *any combination of MMR, plus an additional dose of  measles and        mumps 

       vaccines OR,         

     *two doses of measles, two doses of mumps and one dose or rubella vaccine, all

      administered within the time frame as described above.  


Meningitis Vaccine / Waiver - The State of Maryland  requires that anyone living in university dormitory housing must provide proof of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis or provide a signed statement  declining the vaccination.  Vaccination against the four major serotypes (A, C, Y & W135) is required.


Recommended Immunizations:  In addition to these required vaccines, we strongly Recommend the following:  


Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) -  One vaccination every 10 years (booster).  Students who have not  previously received a booster dose of pertussis vaccine should receive the Tdap ther than the Td vaccine.  


Hepatitis B Vaccine - series of three vaccinations


Hepatitis A Vaccine - two dose series


Human Papaloma Virus (HPV) VaccineSeries of three injections.  This vaccine is recommended for the prevention of cervical cancer and genital warts in women age 9-26 and for the prevention of genital warts in males.   Recommendations vary according to the vaccine used.  


Last updated:  6/25/2010