Immunization Policy

Bethel University supports the guidelines provided by the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

For required immunizations, students must submit verified proof of immunizations prior to attending classes.

Required Immunizations

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR):
    • Two (2) doses of MMR at least 28 days apart after 12 months of age
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DPT):
    • Primary childhood series of four (4) doses
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap):
    • One (1) Td booster every 10 years.
    • One (1) Tdap for all university students regardless of interval since last Td booster
  • Polio Vaccine (OPV or IPV):
    • Primary childhood three (3) series; IPV booster only if needed for travel after age 18 years
  • Meningococcal Vaccine:
    • One (1) dose required. Second dose required if initial dose before age 16.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire (This is not a vaccine.)

Tuberculosis Screening (TB)

On tuberculosis screening questionnaire if answers are "Yes," Bethel University requires the following:

Students within the United States: If the answer is Yes to any of the above questions, Bethel University requires that a health care provider complete a tuberculosis risk assessment and TB skin test (to be completed six months prior to the start of classes). If TB skin test is positive, provide documentation of negative chest X-ray.  

International Students from high risk countries who have been in the United States for approximately 10-12 weeks will receive a mandatory TB skin test or QuantiFERON Gold blood test (preferred) with a local health care provider.  TB skin test must be completed in the United States.  For more information please contact the international coordinator at Bethel University.  All tests must be completed by October 12th (fall students) & March 9th (spring students). 

If the answer is No, no further testing or further action is required.

The American College Health Association has published guidelines on (TB) screening of college and university students. These guidelines are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Thoracic Society. For more information visit www.acha.org or www.cdc.org.

Categories of high-risk students include

  1. Students who have arrived within the past five years from countries where (TB) is endemic. It is easier to identify countries of low rather than high (TB) prevalence. Therefore students should undergo (TB) screening unless they have arrived from the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  2. Those infected with HIV.
  3. Intravenous drug users.
  4. Persons who have resided in, volunteered in, or worked in high risk congregate settings such as prisons, nursing homes, hospitals, residential facilities for persons with AIDS, and homeless shelters.

Those with conditions such as diabetes, chronic renal failure, leukemia, lymphoma, low body weight, gastric bypass and similar stomach or intestinal surgeries, chronic malabsorption syndromes, prolonged corticosteroid therapies or other immunosuppressive disorders.

Recommended Immunizations

  • Varicella (Chickenpox):
    • If no history of disease, 2 doses one month apart.
  • Hepatitis B:
    • Series of three doses given at 0, 1, and 6 months apart
  • Hepatitis A:
    • Series of two doses given at 0 and 6 months apart

Travel Vaccines

Students going abroad for study or Task Force teams may need travel vaccines. You may call the Saint Joseph Health Department Mishawaka Clinic at 574.256.6230 to make an appointment and inquire about costs.

Plan to begin the vaccination process at least six weeks before leaving.

For further information see the Centers for Disease Control for recommended vaccines.

Information from the American College Health Association