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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER

HEALTH & SAFETY
for International Students at SDSU

Immunization

Image: Infectious bacteria and the word ImmunizationOn this page: Learn about which immunizations are required for you, where you can get immunized, and how you can prove that you have been immunized.

Do I need to get immunized?

  • At SDSU 1 semester only: Students studying at SDSU for only 1 semester are not required to show evidence of compliance with immunization requirements.
  • At SDSU more than 1 semester: Students who will be at SDSU for 2 semesters or more must meet specific immunization requirements. These students must provide proof of immunization before they will be allowed to register for classes at SDSU after their first semester.

1. How to get immunized

If you were not pre-immunized before travel to the U.S., you may be immunized at Student Health Services, which provides a full range of medical services for students. For additional information, call (619) 594-4325 or visit the Student Health Services website.

Immunization requirements for all students

  • Measles and Rubella immunization required: 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 at least one vaccination 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. If you have no proof of immunity, you may receive the measles and rubella vaccines at Student Health Services for a fee. Note: You are strongly encouraged to consider a second measles immunization, although it is not required.
  • Meningococcal disease - immunization is not required but is recommended: All entering freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls, are urged to consider this vaccination. The vaccine is fairly effective against the majority of meningococcal strains, but its immunity effect declines over time, as does your risk of becoming infected. Older students with other risk factors may want to consider vaccination. The vaccine is available for a low cost at Student Health Services.

Additional immunization requirements for students aged 18 or younger

  • Hepatitis B immunization required: If you are age 18 or under, you are required to present proof of immunity against Hepatitis B during your first semester. As proof of immunization, you may submit:
    • Proof of vaccination (Hepatitis B vaccination is a series of 3injections given over a period of at least 4 months), or
    • Laboratory evidence of immunity, or
    • Medical documentation showing that you have previously had the disease.
  • Note: 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. The Hepatitis B vaccine is available for a fee at Student Health Services.

2. How to provide proof of immunization

You must provide proof of immunization during your first semester at SDSU. If you received your required immunizations in your home country, before you came to SDSU, please bring, send, or fax your proof of immunization to:

Student Health Services Immunizations Clinic
San Diego State University 
5500 Campanile Drive 
San Diego, CA 92182-4701 
FAX (619) 594-6465

  • Be sure to include your Red ID number (from your SDSU student ID card), and your home country or U.S. phone number and address. 

What is immunization?

Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body's own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. [Source]

Will you be at SDSU next semester?

Get immunized! If you do not provide proof of required immunization during your first semester at SDSU, you will not be allowed to register for classes the next semester.

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