Addressing Compliance Problems

Immunization and TB screening history instructions

Not yet in compliance?

If the review of your materials determines that you have not demonstrated compliance with Immunization and/or TB Screening Requirements, we will send an email to your Cornell address directing you to log in to myCornellHealth to retrieve a secure message about what is missing from your form and/or documentation.

We expect all students to meet their health requirements before beginning their program at Cornell. When that is not possible, you must get required vaccinations and testing as soon as you arrive. There will be a hold on your registration until you do so.

Review your immunization record

  1. View your immunization record by logging in to myCornellHealth.
  2. Go to the navigation menu, and select "Immunization Record."
  3. Review your immunizations there. You should be able to see the areas where you are "not compliant."
  4. Next, consider the questions below to see what you need to do to complete your immunization requirements.
  5. If you need to provide written documentation related to any of these, please be aware that only official records from your school, your health care provider, or the military will be accepted.

Non-compliance information for

Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccination

Requirement: Two doses of live vaccine OR protective-antibody titer OR physician diagnosed illness

  • Vaccine:
    • Have you had 2 doses of vaccine: MMR OR separate Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines?
    • Were your vaccine doses on or after one year of age?
    • Were your vaccine doses at least 28 days apart?
    • Did you provide an official record?
  • Titer:
    • Did you have a positive protective-antibody titer (blood test)? 
    • Did you provide an official record?
  • Previous illness:
    • Did you have a physician diagnosed illness (accepted for measles and mumps only)?
    • Did you provide us with the date you had it?

If you cannot provide official documentation of immunization, you require additional vaccination(s).

Meningococcal vaccination

Requirement: Meningococcal ACWY vaccination (within 5 years) OR signed Meningococcal vaccine waiver form 

If you received meningococcal vaccine:

  • Did you receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine within the past 5 years?
  • Did you provide an official record?

If you have chosen NOT to get the meningococcal vaccine:

  • Did you sign and submit the Meningococcal vaccine waiver form?
  • If you are under 18 years of age, did your parent/guardian provide a signature?
  • To submit the waiver form, go to the myCornellHealth menu; choose Downloadable Forms; choose Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver. 

You must submit a waiver form or documentation of a vaccine within 5 years.

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccination (Tdap)

Requirement: One Tdap vaccine (age 10 or later). If Tdap was more than 10 years ago,tetanus booster within past 10 years is also required.

  • Pertussis (Tdap)
    • Have you had the Tdap vaccine? (You must have one Tdap vaccine.)
    • Did you provide an official record?
  • Tetanus 
    • If your Tdap vaccine was more than 10 years ago, have you had either a Td, Tdap, or tetanus toxoid vaccine in the past 10 years?
    • Did you provide an official record?

If you cannot provide official documentation of immunization, you require additional vaccination(s).

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Requirement: Two doses of live vaccine OR protective antibody titer OR physician diagnosed illness. (If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, this requirement does not apply.)  

  • Vaccine:
    • Have you had 2 doses of Varicella vaccine?
    • Were your doses at least 28 days apart?
    • Did you provide an official record?
  • Titer:
    • Did you have a positive protective-antibody titer (blood test)?
    • Did you provide an official record? 
  • Previous illness:
    • Did you have a physician diagnosed illness?
    • Did you provide us with the date you had it?
    • Did you provide an official record?

If you cannot provide official documentation of immunization, you require additional vaccination.

Tuberculin (TB) Screening

Requirement: Students from countries with a high incidence of TB (pdf) must document a Quantiferon-TB Gold or T-SPOT blood test. Skin tests do not meet this requirement. If your TB test result was positive, you also must submit a chest x-ray report (no films, please).

  • Did you provide official records of your TB screening blood test?
  • If your blood test was positive, did you submit a chest x-ray report?
  • Was your screening test done during the proper time period?
    • Students entering in the summer or fall of 2019: your test must be dated September 1, 2018 or later.
    • Students entering in the spring semester of 2020: your test must be dated February 1, 2019 or later. 

If you are not able to submit documentation of an approved method of TB testing before coming to Cornell, you must schedule (and keep) an appointment for TB screening at Cornell Health as soon as you arrive on campus. There will be a hold on your registration until you do so. To schedule, call the Requirements Office: 607-255-4364.    


Getting immunizations & TB screening at Cornell Health

We expect students to meet the university’s immunization requirements before arrival at Cornell. When this is not possible, you must contact the Requirements Office as soon as you get to campus to get your required immunizations.

There will be a hold on your university registration until you demonstrate full compliance with these requirements.

Students at Cornell Tech: review specific instructions (pdf).

Students on Ithaca Campus:

STEP ONE: Consult with our Requirements Office staff

  • Recommended: Schedule a requirements consultation appointment in advance
  • May require a significant wait in line: Check in at the desk on Level 6 between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday–Friday.

STEP TWO: Schedule an immunization and/or TB screening test appointment

  • When you consult with our Requirements Office, staff members will assist you in scheduling a second appointment to get your required immunizations and or TB screening test.

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Questions?

  • Please refer to our Health Requirements FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.
  • If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed there, please contact our Requirements Office at immunization@cornell.edu or 607-255-4364. Note that during high-volume times, it may take staff members several days to respond.