The Illinois Department of Public Health College Immunization Code (77 Ill. Adm.Code 694) requires all domestic and international students have the following vaccines:
- Three (3) vaccines that contain tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, one of which must be Tdap vaccine. The last dose of vaccine must be within 10 years. Vaccines must be at appropriate intervals (#1 and #2 at least 28 days apart, #3 no less than six months after #2). Tetanus toxoid (TT or tetanus) is not acceptable.
- Two (2) measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) valid vaccines after the first birthday, at least 28 days apart. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccines, serologic evidence (IGG antibody titers), a copy of lab report to prove positive immunity is acceptable.
- One (1) meningococcal conjugate vaccine after the age of 16 for newly admitted students starting spring 2017 under the age of 22. Meningitis or meningococcal vaccinations are not acceptable.
Additional information about meningococcal disease is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Read about meningococcal disease on the department’s website or download a brochure, Meningococcal Disease: What Parents and Students Need to Know.
Immunizations must be complete and on file in our office by the tenth day of the semester.
You can submit verified documents from your high school, university or college as well as your health care provider, or you can use the NIU Immunization History form. Please contact us if you would like a copy of the form that would be filled out by your physician. You would then submit it to us when completed.
- Fax documents to 815-753-9599 or
- Mail to: Northern Illinois University, Health Services, Immunization Office, DeKalb, IL 60115-2828 or
- Bring into Health Services, immunizations desk on second floor.
Your records are not complete until they have been reviewed and verified by Health Services.
You will be notified via your NIU Z-ID email account of your immunization status upon receipt and review. Please note that a physical examination is not required for admission.
Immunizations are available at the Health Services Preventive Medicine clinic on a walk-in basis. NIU Student Health Insurance does cover the cost of immunizations. Health Services does not provide third-party billing for non-Student Health Insurance plans. Please call 815-753-9585 for hours and current fee information.
All nonimmigrant students enrolled at Northern Illinois University are required to submit immunization documents signed by a health care provider, or you can use the NIU Immunization History form. Required immunizations must be complete by the tenth day of the first semester. You can submit documents in any of the following ways:
- Email to HealthServices@niu.edu (note this is not a secured email)
- Fax documents to 815-753-9599
- Mail to: Northern Illinois University, Health Services, Immunization Office, DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
- Bring into Health Services
All nonimmigrant students enrolled at Northern Illinois University are required to complete Tuberculosis (TB) screening at Health Services before the tenth day of the first semester. TB testing will be required for those found to be in the high-risk group.
Exemptions and Assistance
Contact the Immunization Office at 815-753-9585 or Health Services at 815-306-2777 for exemption information, (e.g., students born before 1/1/1957), medical or religious. Note: re-entering students must contact Health Services to verify current immunization status.
Failure to comply with the above State of Illinois immunization requirements will result in a late processing fee and registration hold. Compliance to this requirement is not associated with any other immunization requirement for college or program associated with Northern Illinois University. Please contact your department for all other requirements.