The State of North Carolina and Methodist University require students attending a college or university, whether public, private or religious, to present an official record of immunizations. To comply, the immunization form needs to be completed by your health care provider or by official medical record with a clinical stamp. This must be submitted to the Student Health Center prior to attending a Fall or Spring enrollment. The immunization requirements must be met according to the North Carolina Law. Be certain that your Name, Date of Birth, appear on each sheet. The dates of the vaccine administration must include the Month, Day, and the Year on the forms.
Frequently Asked Questions
What immunizations do I need?
DTP (3 Doses): 3 Doses of the Tetanus/diphtheria toxoid of which one must have been within the past 10 years.
Polio (3 Doses): An individual attending school who has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive polio vaccine.
Measles (2 Doses): An individual born prior to 1957 is not required to submit proof of immunizations. An individual may submit a titer lab report documenting that they have a protective antibody against the Measles.
Mumps (2 Doses): An individual born prior to 1957 is not required to submit proof of immunizations. An individual may submit a titer lab report documenting that they have a protective antibody against the Mumps.
Rubella (2 Doses): An individual born prior to 1957 is not required to submit proof of immunizations. An individual may submit a titer lab report documenting that they have a protective antibody against Rubella.
Hepatitis B (3 Doses): An individual is not required to submit proof of vaccine if born before July 1, 1994. Any student entering in the medical fields must show proof of these vaccines or a titer lab report documenting that they have a protective antibody against Hepatitis B.
Varicella (2 Doses): An individual is not required to submit proof of vaccine if born before July 1, 1994. However, any student entering in the medical fields must show proof of these vaccines or a titer lab report documenting that they have a protective antibody against the Chicken Pox.
Tuberculin (Test Results): Any student entering in the medical field must show a TB skin test before entering into the programs.
Do I need to complete the immunization records?
Yes, all students must complete the immunization records and submit to the Student Health Center prior to attending a Fall or Spring enrollment.
Students are exempt from immunization if they meet the following regulations:
- Take only evening courses
- Take no more than four traditional day credit hours of on-campus courses.
- Have written verification by a physician of being medically exempt.
- Have a signed statement from student requesting religious exemptions.
How can I find my immunization records?
Here are some tips for tracking down your previous shots:
- Contact your pediatrician’s office or family physician’s office
- Contact your High School and request them with your transcripts.
- Contact your local health department.
- For transfer students, contact your student health center from your previous college/university.
- Military records are acceptable, but may not contain all of the required immunizations.
- Ask your parent, guardian or medical provider if he/she has any record of your childhood immunizations.
- Look through any old papers saved from your childhood, such as a baby book.
- Understand that it is often not possible to find childhood immunization records of an adult. When you can’t document having received a required vaccine in the past, you may have to be re-vaccinated. Receiving extra doses of these vaccines will not harm you. For a few diseases and/or vaccines, you can have blood tests to see if you are immune.
- North Carolina does have a central registry of immunization received while in the State of North Carolina. Contact Alicia Kuch at (910)630-7652 in our Student Health Center to obtain these records.
Immunization Forms and More Information
- Physical Examination and Immunization Record Form
- NC Department of Health and Human Services
- For more assistance contact the Director of Health Services at (910) 630-7164.
What you need to know about Meningitis
Meningococcal (2 Doses): The CDC recommends that college students living in residence halls be educated about meningitis and the benefits of vaccination.
Meningococcal Disease is a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This disease can lead to severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damages, seizures, limb amputation, and even death. Meningococcal bacteria is transmitted through the air via droplets of the respiratory system, oral contact with shared items, such as cigarettes, drinking glasses, kissing, or direct contact with an infected person.
Symptoms usually associated with the disease include fever, severe headaches, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting, and lethargy, and may resemble the flu. Meningitis usually peaks in late winter and early spring and its flu-like symptoms make diagnosis difficult. Because the disease progresses rapidly, often in as little as 12 hours, students are urged to seek medical care immediately if they experience two or more of these symptoms concurrently.
Treatment with antibiotics should begin as soon as the diagnosis is considered.
Vaccination is available to protect against four of the five most common strains of bacteria that cause meningitis in the United States. Types A, C, Y and W-135 are the types that account for nearly two thirds of meningitis cases among college students.
To learn more, visit the CDC website.