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Immunization Compliance at IU Northwest

In accordance with Indiana Code 20-12-71, "Immunization Requirements at the Postsecondary Level," all students who attend Indiana University Northwest for their first major semester during or after Fall Semester 2016 must provide immunization information. One of the main objectives of this state law is to enable the University to provide a safer and healthier environment for students.

The law stipulates that "if a student fails to comply . . . by the beginning of the student's second academic term, the postsecondary institution shall prohibit the student from matriculating in the campus of the postsecondary institution, where applicable, until the requirements are met." Therefore, students who do not provide the required immunization data will be prevented from registering for the second semester or session following their matriculation semester.

State of Indiana Official Immunization Records may be available for Indiana residents via self-service through MyVaxIndiana.  The information provided by MyVaxIndiana is supplied by the Children and Hoosier’s Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP).  For more information visit the MyVaxIndiana website or contact the following:

MyVaxIndiana Email:
CHIRP Help Desk Email:
CHIRP Help Desk Support: 1-888-227-4439

In order to be in full compliance, all students must provide documentation of immunity for the following diseases:

1. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

  • Documentation of 2 doses of MMR (the first dose on or after the first birthday, separated by 28 days or more) with dates or
  • Measles 2 doses, Mumps 2 doses, and Rubella 1 dose (the first dose on or after the first birthday, separated by 28 days or more) with dates or
  • Laboratory evidence of immunity or
  • Medical provider’s written statement of immunity due to having had the infection or
  • Contraindication for the vaccine (see below)

Adults born before 1957 are considered to have immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella and do not require the vaccines.

2. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) within the last 10 years

  • If more than 10 years have passed since receiving Tdap, a Td booster is required or
  • Contraindication for the vaccine (see below)

3. Varicella (Chicken pox)

  • Documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart with dates or
  • History of disease based on a medical provider diagnosis or
  • History of herpes zoster (shingles) based on a medical provider diagnosis or
  • Laboratory evidence of immunity
  • Contraindication for the vaccine (see below)

4. Meningitis: Provide a signature that indicates information regarding the risks associated with meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination have been reviewed.

5. All international students must provide documentation of TB testing in the United States within the past year. Skin testing and IGRA lab will be accepted.

How to Comply

  1. New students, including intercampus transfer students new to the IU Northwest campus, are required to complete and submit the Online Immunization Compliance form in One.IU before the first day of classes.
  2. Documentation from a medical provider is not required if you have been immunized and are able to provide the month and year for the immunizations requested.
  3. If you are unable to provide immunization dates, valid documentation is required. Indiana residents may request official immunization records through MyVaxIndiana. Alternatively, you may contact your medical provider and complete the Medical Provider Form. Return the completed form along with documentation to the Office of the Registrar at the address listed on the form.
  4. Indiana State law requires the University to inform you of the risks associated with meningococcal disease (meningitis) and the benefits of vaccination. All students are required to confirm that they have read and understand these risks by completing and submitting the online Immunization Compliance Form in One.IU.
  • You have immunity because you had the disease: measles, rubella, mumps, and/or chicken pox/shingles. A medical provider's written statement is required to prove immunity.
  • You have laboratory evidence of immune titer. 
  • You have a contraindication to a vaccine, such allergy to eggs, pregnancy, previous reaction to vaccine, or current participation in a sequence of immunizations. A written statement from a medical provider is required to document each specific medical contraindication.

Religious Exemption

A religious objection does not exempt a student from immunization unless the exemption is made in writing and signed by the student. Religious exemption letters can be returned in lieu of the completed Student Immunization Record form. Please note that students filing a religious exemption will be required to leave campus if an outbreak of any listed preventable disease occurs on or near campus. Requests for religious exemption should be sent [[regisnw]]

Failure to Comply

Non-compliance warnings for students who do not respond to the early request for immunization data will appear in the registration system when they register for classes and again by email. Registration for the next semester or session will be prevented for students who do not provide this required data. In order to maintain the confidentiality of medical record information, immunization data provided to offices other than the School of Nursing or the Center for Health Promotion cannot be used to comply with this state mandated requirement.

Once a student has completed the Immunization Compliance Form, the hold on their record should be released. Failure to comply with this requirement can cause students to be prohibited from registering for future terms.


Questions concerning these requirements for immunization information should be directed to the Office of the Registrar, (219) 980-6815,