Health History Compliance

Did you receive a secure message from Cornell Health saying that you are not yet in compliance with our Health History requirements?

(If your Health History Form does not demonstrate your compliance with the university's requirements, you will receive an email from Cornell Health directing you to log in to myCornellHealth to retrieve a secure message about what’s missing from your form.)

If so, please refer to the instructions below to help complete your health requirements.

We expect all students to meet these immunization requirements before arriving at Cornell. When this is not possible, you can get immunized at Cornell Health once you get to campus. Read more under "Getting immunized at Cornell Health," below.

Instructions:

  1. View your immunization record by logging in to myCornellHealth (enter your Cornell NetID and password, and your birthday).
  2. Select "Immunizations" 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 health 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:

Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis vaccination (Tdap)

Requirement: Tdap vaccine in the past 10 years

  • Have you had the Tdap vaccine? (neither previous tetanus only, nor tetanus/diptheria 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.

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.

  • 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 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 may need to receive additional vaccination.

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Requirement: Students taking 6 or more credits must provide documentation of any one of the following: (a) 2 does of live vaccine, at least 30 days apart; (b) physician-diagnosed illness; or (c) protective antibody titer. Note: If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, this requirement does not apply. 

  • Have you had 2 does of Varicella?
  • 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 titer 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 may need to receive additional vaccination.
 

Meningococcal vaccination

Requirement: New York State Public Health Law requires that all registered students receive information about meningococcal disease and vaccination and indicate that they have received the vaccine or choose not to at this time. (A booster shot is recommended for those who received the vaccine five or more years ago.)

If you have had the vaccine within 5 years, we need proof of immunity. If you choose NOT to have the vaccine, you must check the appropriate box on your Health History Form. If you are under 18 years of age you must have your parent/guardian sign the waiver. 

If you received the meningococcal vaccine:

  • Did you receive the 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 provide your signature?
  • If you under 18 years of age, did your parent/guardian provide a signature?

Tuberculin Screening

Students from countries with a high incidence of TB (pdf) must be screened for TB at Cornell Health. Please plan to do this at Cornell Health within 3 weeks of arrival. You will not be assessed the "late fee" unless you fail to make (and keep!) your appointment upon arrival.

Blood test

Screening for most students is done by a QuantiFERON®-TB Gold blood test. Please schedule an appointment with Cornell Health as soon as you arrive on campus to have your test done (call 607-255-4364).

Chest X-ray

If you have had a positive PPD test any time in your life, you will need the QuantiFERON®-TB Gold blood test. You will also be required to have a chest x-ray at Cornell Health.


Getting immunized 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.

STEP ONE: Consult with our Requirements Office staff:

Please note that appointments cannot be scheduled by email.

STEP TWO: Schedule an immunization appointment:

  • When you consult with our Requirements Office, Cornell Health staff members will assist you in scheduling a second appointment to get your required immunizations.

Late fees / registration delays: You will not be subject to late fees or registration delays if you schedule your immunization appointment as soon as you arrive on campus, and keep your appointment.  

Cost: The charges for immunizations are covered by Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP). They are not covered by Cornell’s Student Health Fee, so students with non-Cornell insurance plans should check their health plan information for coverage.

Questions?

Please refer to our Health History FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have a question or concerns that are not addressed there, you may 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.