Health Info for New Students

Health Center

Rose Hill
441 E. Fordham Road Bronx, NY 10458
O'Hare Hall, Lower Level
718-817-4160 | Fax: 718-817-3218

Lincoln Center
140 W. 62nd Street, Room G-16
New York, NY 10023
212-636-7160 | Fax: 212-636-7164

Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible so that you can return the recommended physical form and required immunization form-both available to download-to the University Health Services no later than July 15.

Please note: Due to high volume of paperwork PLEASE do not send us back the instruction sheet. We only need the health forms. Thank you!

Immunizations

New York State Vaccination Law 2165 and 2167: If a student is registered to attend for less than 6 semester hours or 4 credit hours per quarter, the immunization requirements do not apply to that student. If an enrollee at a post-secondary institution was born before 1957, he/she does not have to comply with PHL Section 2165 immunization requirements.

Section I

A. MMR: This combination vaccine is often given because it protects from measles, mumps, and rubella. Two doses are required for entry into Fordham University. (1) One must have been received on or after the 1st birthday. (2) The second dose must have been received at least 28 days after the first dose and at age 15 months or greater as per NYS DOH guidelines. *MMR was not available in the U.S. before 1/1/1972.

B1. Measles (Rubeola): Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit proof of immunity to measles. Only one of the following is required:

The student must submit proof of two doses of live measles vaccine: the first dose given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday and the second at least 28 days after the first dose; or

The student must submit serological proof of immunity to measles. This means the demonstration of measles antibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory; or

The student must submit a statement from the diagnosing physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner that the student has had measles disease; or

The student must submit proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years from the date of application to the institution. The proof of honorable discharge shall qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend the institution pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services; or

If a student is unable to access his/her immunization record from a health care provider or previous school, documentation that proves the student attended primary or secondary school in the United States after 1980 will be sufficient proof that the student received one dose of live measles vaccine. If this option is used, the second dose of measles vaccine must have been administered within one year of attendance at a post-secondary institution.

B2. Mumps: Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit proof of immunity to mumps. Only one of the following is required:

The student must submit proof of two doses of live mumps vaccine given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday; or

The student must submit serological proof of immunity to mumps. This means the demonstration of mumps antibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory; or

The student must submit a statement from the diagnosing physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner that the student has had mumps disease; or

The student must submit proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years from the date of application to the institution. The proof of honorable discharge shall qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend the institution pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services.

B3. Rubella (German measles): Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit proof of immunity to rubella. Only one of the following is required:

The student must submit proof of one dose of live rubella vaccine given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday; or

The student must submit serological proof of immunity to rubella. This means the demonstration of rubella antibodies through a blood test performed by an approved medical laboratory (Since rubella rashes resemble rashes of other diseases, it is impossible to diagnose reliably on clinical grounds alone. Serological evidence is the only permissible alternative to immunization.); or

The student must submit proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years from the date of application to the institution. The proof of honorable discharge shall qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend the institution pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services.

Section II. Meningitis:

New York State PHL Section 2167 requires post-secondary institutions to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to the students, or parents or guardians of students under the age of 18. The institution is required to maintain a record of the following for each student:

Certificate of Immunization for meningococcal meningitis disease; or

A response to receipt of meningococcal meningitis disease and vaccine information signed by the student or the student's parent or guardian; AND, EITHER

Self-reported or parent recall of meningococcal meningitis immunization within the past 10 years; or

An acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student or student's parent or guardian.

Section III. Mandatory- Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Factor Screening

Physical Exam

Only recommended/encouraged for freshmen on medication or with existing medical conditions.

You can download the physical form for your practitioner at http://www.fordham.edu/info/20022/health_center/2992/health_forms The Student Health Services staff will be glad to answer any questions you or your practitioner may have.

Remember!
Immunization and physical forms are due to Health Services no later than July 15.