Immunization Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the main requirements for the UMD immunization form?

Main Immunization Requirements

2 MMR Vaccines

  1. First dose: After 1st birthday
  2. Second dose: After age 4
  3. If given as adult: Must be at least 4 weeks between doses

 

TDAP

  1. One dose given at age 11 or older

 

Meningitis

  1. For incoming students, all undergraduate students will need a meningitis vaccine or waiver
  2. One dose given after age 16
  3. Must be given within the past 3 years
  4. This vaccine can be waived by completing the waiver in Section C

 

TB RISK SCREENING

  1. ALL students must complete an online questionnaire.
    1. If any questions are answered “YES”, you are required to have a Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot blood test. This test MUST be performed in the United States.

2. What can I do if I cannot find any vaccination records?

Missing Records

  1. The Health Center offers all vaccines that are required. Please call for pricing at 301-314-8114.

  2. MMR titers: A titer is a laboratory test that measures the presence and amount of antibodies in blood. A titer may be used to prove immunity to disease. If you cannot find records of your MMR vaccine, your medical provider can perform titers to verify positive immunity. You must provide a copy of the lab report for verification.

  3. How to find your records:

    1. Ask parents or other caregivers if they have records of your childhood immunizations.

    2. Try looking through baby books or other saved documents from your childhood.

    3. Check with your high school and/or college health services for dates of any immunizations. Keep in mind that in some cases, records may only be kept only for 1-2 years after students leave the system.

    4. Check with previous employers (including the military) that may have required immunizations.

    5. Check with your doctor or public health clinic. Keep in mind that vaccination records are maintained at the doctor's office for a limited number of years.

    6. Contact your state's health department. Some states have registries (Immunization Information Systems) that include adult vaccines.

3. Where do I submit my Immunization Form?

Submit Form

  1. You can submit your immunization form and documentation online at www.myuhc.umd.edu

4. When I try to upload my form on the MY UHC Portal, there is an error message. What do I do?

Error Message

  1. If you are getting a message that says, 'We apologize, but we were unable to locate your record. Please contact the health center.’please give us a call at 301-314-8114.

  2. Also, you can try to clear the cache and cookies from your internet browser.

5. Do you accept PPD skin tests if I answered "Yes" on the Tuberculosis Risk Screening?

TB Risk Screening

  1. No. The University of Maryland will NOT accept the PPD skin test in lieu of the Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot test.

6. Do I still need to submit an Immunization Record if I am taking all Online Classes?

Records for Online Students

  1. No. If you are taking all online classes and do not step on campus, please call the Registrar’s Office and they will be able to confirm this and clear your registration. Please call 301-314-8240.

7. I recently had a TD vaccine. Am I still required to have a TDAP vaccine?

Do I still need a TDAP?

  1. Yes. The University of Maryland requires one dose of TDAP given at age 11 or older. TD protects you against tetanus and diphtheria, while TDAP protects you against pertussis as well as tetanus and diphtheria.

8. If my Quantiferon Gold Blood Test result comes back positive, what do I do next?

Positive QFT

  1. If your Quantiferon Gold Blood test result is positive, you will need to have a chest x-ray to make sure you do not have active tuberculosis. You must attach your x-ray report (in English). If your chest x-ray is normal, your doctor should discuss treatment for latent (inactive) TB. You must provide documentation of this review, even if you decline treatment. The medical provider must complete Section D of our immunization form completely. Please make sure the medical provider completes the clinical evaluation and Treatment for Latent TB in Section D. The medical provider must also sign and stamp the bottom of Page 3.