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 immunizations and testing as soon as you arrive. 

Review your immunization record

  1. View your immunization record by logging in to myCornellHealth.
  2. Select "Immunization Record" in the menu.
  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 must be administered no more than 4 days before your 1st birthday; the two doses MUST be a minimum of 28 days apart OR history of physician diagnosed illness OR protective-antibody titers

  • Have you had 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)?
  • Are your MMR doses on or after one year of age?
  • Are your MMR doses at least 28 days apart?
  • If you have had physician diagnosed illness (accepted for measles and mumps only), did you provide us with the year you had it?
  • Have you had protective-antibody titers done? 
  • Did you provide official records of vaccination, physician diagnosed illness, or titers?

If you are not adequately immunized, or cannot provide official documentation of immunization, you will require additional vaccination(s).

Meningococcal vaccination

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

If you received meningococcal vaccine:

  • Did you receive the ACWY vaccine within the past 5 years?
  • Did you receive the complete series for meningococcal B vaccine (Trumenba or Bexsero)?
  • Did you provide an official record?

If you have chosen NOT to get the meningococcal vaccine:

  • Did you check the box that indicates this decision?
  • Did you sign and submit the Meningococcal vaccine waiver form?
  • If you under 18 years of age, did your parent/guardian provide a signature?

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccination (Tdap)

Requirement: Tdap vaccine in the past 10 years

  • Have you had the Tdap vaccine? (neither previous tetanus only, nor tetanus/diphtheria vaccination or booster, meet Cornell's requirement; a pertussis vaccine is also required)
  • Have you had Tdap within the past 10 years?
  • Did you provide an official record?

If the answer to any of these questions is "No," you will need to get a Tdap vaccine.

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Requirement: Two doses of live vaccine, at least 30 days apart OR physician diagnosed illness OR protective antibody titer. (If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, this requirement does not apply.)  

  • Have you had 2 doses of Varicella vaccine?
  • Were your doses at least 30 days apart?
  • If you had a physician-diagnosed illness, did you provide us with the year you had it?
  • Have you had a protective antibody titer done?
  • Did you provide official records of vaccination, physician diagnosed illness, or protective antibody titer?

If you are not adequately immunized, or cannot provide official documentation of immunization, you will require additional vaccination(s).

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 2018: your test must be dated September 1, 2017 or later.
    • Students entering in the spring semester of 2019: your test must be dated February 1, 2018 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. Failure to do so will result in late fees and a hold on your registration. 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.

[Cornell Tech Students: review specific instructions (pdf).]

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 4 between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday–Friday (if you enter Cornell Health from the Ho Plaza front door, you will be on Level 4).

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.

Late fees / registration delays 

  • If you do not demonstrate full compliance with these requirements by the time you come to Cornell, you will be charged a $100 late fee and a hold will be placed on your registration for classes.
  • You will not be subject to late fees or registration delays if you schedule your requirements appointments as soon as you arrive on campus, and keep appointments.

Costs

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.