Immunizations and Requirements

Immunizations and Requirements


For complete immunization compliance information and verification form please go to the University Health Services Immunization Compliance page.

A variety of immunizations are available through the Health and Wellness Center, including immunizations that are *required by the University. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these immunizations. Appointments are required; to schedule an appointment call 814-898-6217 or use the online appointment system.

There is a fee for the immunizations. For your convenience, we accept insurance from most major health plans. Please see our billing and payment page for more information regarding insurances that are accepted. We advise you to contact your insurance provider in advance to find out if they cover the cost of immunizations. You can also pay by cash, check, LionCash+, or charge it your student account.

Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as un-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel. Penn State Behrend Health and Wellness Center of The Pennsylvania State University, strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus community.


The Pennsylvania State University requires all incoming degree seeking students and all students living in Penn State housing to be compliant with these requirements.

*Required Immunizations for Incoming Degree-Seeking Students

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

To satisfy the requirement, you must have 2 doses of Measles (Rubeola), 2 doses of Mumps and 1 dose of Rubella OR 2 doses of the MMR vaccine OR provide blood test results showing immunity. The first dose must have been given on or after your first birthday. Dose 2 must have been given at least 4 weeks after dose 1.

Meningococcal - required if living in University Housing

Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY): also known as Menveo, Menactra. This vaccine is effective against the most common meningococcal infections caused by serogroups A, C, W, and Y. One dose of meningococcal vaccine administered at age 16 or older is required of all incoming students living in campus housing who are age 21 or younger. Incoming students living in University Housing who are age 22 or older may submit either proof of vaccination or a Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver.

Strongly Recommended Immunizations

Flu (Influenza) Vaccine

Flu shots are available to Penn State Behrend students each fall as long as the vaccine supply lasts. Flu shots are available to students by appointment and during the walk-in flu clinic dates. Learn more about the flu!

Meningococcal Vaccine (MenB)

Also known as Bexsero or Trumenba. This vaccine is effective against most of the more common meningococcal infections caused by serogroup B. These vaccines are given in a series of either 2 or 3 injections and are not interchangeable. (Note: This vaccine alone does not satisfy the Meningococcal Housing Requirement)

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine are needed for immunity. The doses must be administered at least 28 days apart.

OR a blood test confirming immunity if you have had the chicken pox disease.

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)

1 dose of Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis, NOT to be confused with DTap or Td) vaccine is needed for immunity.

Td vaccine booster is also needed if >10 years since the Tdap was administered.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is transmitted through body fluids, including blood.

3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine are needed for immunity. Doses 1 and 2 must be administered at least 4 weeks apart. Dose 3 should be at least 6 months after the 1st dose and 8 weeks after dose 2. A blood test may be used to confirm immunity.

Hepatitis A

2 Dose Series: HepA vaccine is a 2-dose series given 6-18 months apart. In some cases, Hep A and Hep B are given as a combined vaccine, which would necessitate that 3 doses are needed for immunity.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

3 Dose Series: Three different vaccines have been used in the U.S. [Cervarix (bivalent HPV vaccine), Gardasil (Quadrivalent HPV vaccine), Gardasil-9 (9-valent HPV vaccine)]; all three are given in a 3-dose series and are needed for immunity.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PVC13) or 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Recommended for students with certain medical risk factors or high risk of pneumococcal disease.

International Students

In addition to the above immunizations, a tuberculosis (TB) test is highly recommended for foreign born students who are at high risk for TB. 

Immunizations for Traveling Abroad

We also offer immunizations for students, faculty and staff that are traveling abroad. Contact the Health and Wellness Center for more information.

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