Vaccination and Immunization Requirements for All Students

Health requirements for students at Ball State University exist primarily to protect the student body as a whole from infectious disease. Secondary goals are to meet Indiana State Law requirements and to have medical information at hand should a student need assistance from the Health Center.

REQUIREMENTS FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

State Code: Indiana state law provides that Ball State University shall prevent a student from beginning classes if they are not in compliance with certain requirements by the beginning of the student's second academic term. These requirements apply only to students who are registered for classes on the Ball State Campus.  These requirements do not apply to students who are taking only online classes.

Save the Date-Immunization Clinic

September 24, 2024  12-6PM

September 25, 2024 10AM-2PM

October 23, 2024 12-6PM

Student Center Ballroom

More information will be available in September on how to register for this clinic.

Domestic Students

Domestic graduate and undergraduate students must meet the requirements for immunizations listed below.  Have your health care provider complete the immunization section of the Health Form and submit to the Health Center.  Read more about each immunization requirement listed below.

International graduate and undergraduate student must meet the requirements for immunizations listed below.  Have your health care provider complete the immunization section of the Health Form and submit to the Health Center.  Read more about each immunization requirement listed below. In addition, they must have an evaluation for tuberculosis performed in the United States.

Testing will be offered as part of orientation prior to beginning classes.  Learn more about TB testing for international students.

Immunization Requirements

Proof of 2 MMR vaccines:

  • Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must have either 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)vaccines 

OR

  • Proof of 2 doses of Measles*
  • proof of 2 doses of Mumps*
  • Proof of 1 Rubella

OR

  • Titer indicating immunity for measles, mumps and rubella

*Each dose must be separated by at least 28 days.  The first dose must be on or after the first birthday with a 4-day grace period.

Proof of 2 doses of Meningitis B vaccines if under age 24 years. Please indicate if you have received Bexsero or Trumenba
Proof of at least 1 quadrivalent Meningitis vaccine (ACWY) after age 16 through age 21 years
Proof of an up to date tetanus/diphtheria vaccine:  Students must have a booster dose of Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria) or TdaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) within 10 years prior to admission. Documentation of Tetanus Toxoid alone is not sufficient.

Exemptions

While immunizations are a crucial aspect of preventive healthcare, we also recognize that certain situations may warrant exceptions. The following set of bullet points outlines the circumstances under which a student at Ball State University's Health Center can request a waiver for immunizations. We encourage students to review these guidelines carefully and engage with the Health Center staff to ensure that their unique healthcare needs are appropriately addressed.

  • State law and Health Center policy provide for an exemption from these requirements if the student provides a signed and dated statement expressing objection on religious grounds. 
  • If a student presents such a statement, and the student is over the age of 18, the statement must be signed and dated by the student. 
  • If the student is under the age of 18, the statement must be signed and dated by a parent or guardian, unless the student is emancipated. 
  • A medical exemption may also be granted if a student presents written documentation from a healthcare provider indicating the type and duration of a medical condition which contraindicates an immunization, along with the specific vaccine.