Immunizations/Avoid a Hold on Your Registration
A hold will be placed on your ability to register for classes unless the health center has copies of your immunization records. Please note that, even if you gave them to Admissions as part of your transcripts, you still need to file them with the health center.
The California State University has the following requirements:
Measles and Rubella (All students born on or after January 1, 1957)
Full immunization means two doses of measles/rubella vaccine received after one year of age. Usually these immunizations are combined into one injection (MMR-Measles/Mumps/Rubella or MR-Measles/ Rubella). If you cannot locate records of both doses, please discuss it with the health center staff.
Hepatitis B (applies to students who are 18 or younger on 1st day of classes)
All students who are 18 years of age or younger on the first day of classes of their first semester must be immunized against Hepatitis B. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in three doses over a period of 4-6 months. The Hepatitis B vaccine series can be obtained at the Student Health Center for a fee.
Meningitis Vaccine - not required, but highly recommended prior to living in the residence halls.
Varicella Vaccine - not required, but a second dose of chicken pox vaccine is highly recommended for those who have had one dose of vaccine and have not had chicken pox disease.
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, adult Pertussis) - not required, but students are urged to get this vaccine when their next tetanus shot is due in order to boost immunity to Pertussis (whooping cough).
How to Submit Immunization Records
1. Fill out the Immunization Form through the Secure Message Portal*
(*Please note: the Health Center's Secure Message Portal is not to be confused with the Campus Portal - these are two separate systems.)
Click on Secure Message Portal and follow these directions to register:
Note: your username is your assigned HSU Student ID number.
Once you have registered for classes, you will receive an email via your humboldt.edu email (note to students: you must use your humboldt.edu assigned email address to utilize the Secure Message Portal) notifying you of your successful secure message portal registration for the health center. Along with it will be a temporary password to access your secure messages. You may now sign on to the Health Center's "Secure Message Portal" using your Student ID number and the assigned password. You can change your assigned password at any time.
When you access the secure message site, there will be a required form for you to fill out called “Immunizations.” Please fill this out and click Submit.
If you are having problems, please call 707-826-5036 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
2. UPLOAD a copy of your records to the same portal. If you are not able to scan them, you can also fax, drop off or mail a copy of your immunization record to the Student Health Center.
Health Center Immunization Form/Waiver
Student Health Center
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Fax (707) 826-5042
Remember, both Steps 1 and 2 are required!
We strongly recommend that you comply with the requirements before coming to HSU. However, if you cannot locate immunization records, or cannot obtain the required immunizations before coming to HSU, the Health Center offers immunization clinics.
IMPORTANT: You will be allowed to register and attend your first semester; however, if these requirements are not satisfied before it is time for you to register for your second semester, a registration HOLD will be placed on your account and removed only after the records are received.
If you have questions, please contact us at (707) 826-5036.
Please visit the CDC travel website for information on recommended immunizations & travel medications for the country you plan to visit. The SHC is available to give some immunizations, however, if medications or completion of forms are required, you will need to contact the Humboldt County Public Health Department or a local medical provider for assistance.
More information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Student Health Center Supports Vaccines
The Student Health Center Staff encourage you to consider this important article funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Immunizations/Holds on Registration
Why do I have a hold on my registration?
If you do not provide your immunization records in the 2 step process described above, you will be allowed to register and attend your first semester; however, a registration HOLD will be placed on your account if these records are not received before it is time for you to register for your second semester. The registration HOLD will be removed only after the records are received at the Student Health Center. If you have questions, please contact us at (707) 826-5036.
What if I can’t find my immunization records?
If you can’t find your immunization records, you can do any of the following:
- Obtain a blood test (titer) to show that you are immune to Measles, Rubella, and Hep B. You can get a titer at the Student Health Center for a small fee.
- Complete an immunization waiver.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! If a measles or mumps outbreak should occur on campus, students who lack verification of MMR immunity (including those who have waived vaccination) may be asked to remain off campus until the outbreak is declared over by campus health officials. This could take up to several weeks.
Where can I get vaccinations?
The Student Health Center offers a variety of vaccinations for a fee.
Local pharmacies also provide various vaccinations: Pharmacies that Provide Immunizations/Vaccinations
How do I check to see if my records have been received?
If you have mailed or faxed your records in, please allow 2 weeks for processing. If you use the quick online method available at http://www.humboldt.edu/immunizations to enter your dates AND upload a copy of your form as instructed, the hold/requirement should be removed overnight (within 1 business day); depending on the method, you can check your task list to see if the item has been removed after the time has elapsed, and if it still appears contact health center by calling (707) 826-3146 or emailing email@example.com