Immunization Requirements and Recommendations

As a unit of the University System of Georgia, Middle Georgia State University adheres to the Board of Regents Policy (USG Policy 4.8.2) related to immunization requirements for school entrance by students.

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS

  • 2 MMRs (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
    • Not required if born before 1957
  • 1Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine within the past 10 years
  • 2 doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or history of disease
    • Required for all US born students born in 1980 or later
    • Required for ALL foreign born students, regardless of year born
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine for persons aged 18 or younger at time of expected matriculation.

MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY IMMUNIZATION DECISION TREE

Did you receive your immunizations (MMR, Tdap, Varicella, Hepatitis B) in the State of Georgia?

  • Yes - Students who received their immunizations in the State of Georgia will have those records pulled directly from the GA Immunization Registry (GRITS).   You do not need to take any further action related to immunization records. 
  • No or Not Sure - Students who received immunizations outside of the State of Georgia or who are unsure should provide MGA with:
    • An official document from a physician, clinic, or county health department which shows current immunization or
    • The MGA Certificate of Immunization signed by a health care provider.
    • Either document should be sent via email to registrar@mga.edu or healthclinic@mga.edu. 
  •  I am fully online - Students who are fully online may request an exemption and should:
    • Complete the student information section of The MGA Certificate of Immunization and the appropriate exemption category at the bottom of the page.
    • The completed document should be sent via email to registrar@mga.edu or healthclinic@mga.edu.

RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATIONS

While Middle Georgia State University does not require vaccination against the following diseases, students are strongly encouraged to be aware of the risk factors, symptoms, and preventative measures for these diseases.

Students, especially those living in on-campus residence halls, are at a higher risk for Hepatitis and Meningitis and should be educated about the availability of a safe and effective vaccine which can decrease the risk.

  • Hepatitis B
    • For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website and review the information presented on Hepatitis B or contact your personal physician or local Health Department.
  • Meningitis
    • For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website and review the information presented on Meningitis or contact your personal physician or local Health Department.
  • Meningococcal Disease
    • For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website and review the information presented on Meningococcal Disease or contact your personal physician or local Health Department.
  • Preparedness for Contagious Illnesses
    • Seasonal Flu (Influenza)
      • For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website and review the information presented on seasonal flu (Influenza) or contact your personal physician or local Health Department.
    • COVID-19
      • For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website and review the information presented on COVID19 or contact your personal physician or local Health Department.

Health Departments

*Note: For immunizations or physicals during hours the campus clinic is closed, please contact or visit your personal physician or your local health department.

Updated: March 2022