Vaccine Requirements and Tuberculosis Clearance
Currently, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) requires all university students to have 2 doses of the Measles vaccine with at least one dose being an MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella).
Beginning Fall 2020, the new vaccine requirements are:
- 2 doses of Measles with at least one dose being an MMR (at least 4 weeks apart)
- 2 doses of Varicella (Varivax) (at least 4 weeks apart)
- 1 dose of MCV (Meningococcal Conjugate) taken at age 16 or later
- 1 dose of TDAP (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) at age 12 or later, AND proof of a primary series of DPT. (Those who have never been vaccinated against Tetanus, Diphtheria or Pertussis should receive a series of 3 vaccinations: Tdap, followed by a dose of Td at least 4 weeks after the first Tdap, and another dose of Td at least 6 months after the previous Td. A single dose of Tdap can substitute for any of the Td doses in the 3 dose series.)
You may have your physician complete the State Health Immunization Requirements form to document your vaccine information. These vaccines are usually available at your physician's office or your local health department. The BYUH Health Center offers these vaccines for a fee.
The DOH also requires tuberculosis (TB) clearance before class attendance. You may get a TB skin test upon arrival at BYU–Hawaii or at your physician's office, PROVIDED ALL CRITERIA on the Tuberculosis Clearance Form are met. If you are planning to get your TB test at BYU–Hawaii, please do not get an MMR or Varicella vaccine less than 30 days prior to arriving on campus.
Once your completed immunization record has been received and approved, you will be able to proceed with your registration. Failure to complete your State Health Immunizations or provide the necessary information to the Health Center may delay your registration or approval to attend class. If you have not take all of your required vaccines, please send in or email your vaccination record to the Health Center so that we can let you know which vaccines are still needed.
Former students who are returning to school may call or email the Health Center to check on your State Health immunization status. Your requirements may have already been met, and we may be able to clear you for registration by phone.
If your country does not provide the required vaccines, please have your physician complete the bottom section of the State Health Requirements form.
Medical or Religious Exemptions
Hawaii State Health laws provide immunization exemptions for bonafide religious or medical reasons only. Exemptions can only be applied to the vaccine requirement and NOT tuberculosis clearance. In the event of an outbreak on campus, students with exemptions will be excluded from attending classes or other campus activities until the outbreak has cleared.
- A medical exemption may be granted to SPECIFIC VACCINES.
- A U.S. licensed physician (MD or DO) must state in writing that receiving a specific vaccine would endanger the individual's life or health, and specify the reason based on valid medical contraindications.
- The physician must state the length of time during which the vaccine would endanger the individual's health or life.
- The exemption certificate must be signed by the physician on the physician's printed stationery.
- The State of Hawaii also requires the medical exemption to be documented on their form and turned in to Health Services. Please contact Health Services for the updated form.
A religious exemption may be granted provided the criteria on the religious exemption form are met. A request for religious exemption based on objections to specific vaccines will not be granted. The completed form should be sent to Health Services and we will provide a copy to the State of Hawaii. Please contact Health Services for the updated form.