Immunizations

CSUSB has joined the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), a computer-based immunization tracking system developed to assist medical providers and/or approved agencies to track and review immunization information for individuals. This will help remind patients to avoid unnecessary or redundant immunizations, and control disease outbreaks. Information in CAIR is only available to authorized providers/agencies and local health departments in California, and the California Department of Public Health.

Please see the 

 for more information.

To find out more about the CAIR program, visit what do I need to know about CAIR.

How does the CAIR program help you? 

CAIR keeps track of all your shots so you do not miss any or get too many. It also sends reminders when you need shots. It gives you a copy of your shot record from the doctor. CAIR can show proof of shots needed to start school or a new job. If you want your records in the registry, do nothing.

If you do not want the Student Health Center to share your immunization information in the registry, request the "Decline or Start Sharing/Information Request Form" from the Student Health Center, or download the 

 and return it to the Student Health Center.

Currently, in accordance with the policy of the California State University, all students born on or after January 1, 1967 must provide proof of immunization against measles and rubella; proof of receiving the MMR vaccination fulfills this requirement. All first time enrollees who are eighteen years of age or younger are required to:  (1) present proof of immunization against hepatitis B; and (2) provide proof of immunization against measles and rubella; proof of receiving the MMR vaccination fulfills this requirement.  However, you may be exempt from both of these requirements if you graduated from a California public school during or after 2005.  It is recommended that students residing in on-campus housing should be up to date on their meningococcal vaccination.

If you have any questions regarding your immunization status or if you need any "immunization holds" cleared, please call the Student Health Center at:  (909) 537-5241, or bring your immunization records into the Student Health Center. 

For general information on vaccination recommendations for college-age students, please visit the Shots for College website. 

Hepatitis-B

As a result of state legislation, the Chancellor has issued an executive order requiring all first time enrollees who are 18 years or younger to present proof of immunization against the Hepatitis B virus.

As of Fall 2000, any student 18 years or younger are required to provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization.

Students must begin the Hepatitis B series by the end of their first quarter at CSUSB in order to register for subsequent quarters.

There are 3 doses (injections) to complete the series. They are given at zero, one and sixth month intervals.

There is a charge for the Hepatitis B vaccines for students over 18 years of age. Please call the Health Center for updated prices at (909) 537-5241. Students with health insurance are encouraged to call their provider to see if they can get the injections for a lower fee. Students that are under the age of 18 with no insurance should call the Student Health Center for a special fee program. NOTE: Students under the age of 18 will also need Parental Consent (see the forms section to download Consent for Medical Treatment of a minor) in order to receive this vaccine.

Hand deliver, mail or fax to 909 537-7027 a copy of your immunization records to the Student Health Center to clear the registration hold. Please include Student ID# and Date of Birth on all documents faxed or mailed.

Measles and Rubella

t's a mandate from the Chancellor's office of California State University implemented to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak of Rubeola and Rubella on CSU campuses. It became effective Fall Quarter, 1986

Students must submit an immunization record stating that they received a Rubella (German measles) and Rubeola (measles) vaccine after 15 months of age and after January 1, 1968. Prior to 1968 the vaccine did not provide adequate immunity.

You must hand deliver, mail, or fax your immunization records to the Student Health Center. Make sure your Coyote ID# and Date of Birth are on all records! Fax: 909 537 7027.

Students may receive a temporary clearance providing time to obtain/find the immunization record. This will allow the student to register for classes. If the hold is not cleared permanently, the hold will be replaced for the following quarter. Please Note: TEMPORARY CLEARANCES ARE ONLY GIVEN ONCE!

Special clinics along with appointments for immunizations are offered. Please call the Health Center for updated clinic times or to be scheduled for an appointment.

YES, all students must fulfill this requirement unless they were born before January 1, 1957, have a special medical condition or other exemption. If there are still questions please call for additional information. NOTE: If a student has an exemption and an outbreak situation occurs on campus, please be advised that they will be barred from attending classes for their protection and to protect the campus community.

NOTE: Certain majors may also require Vaccines and/or Immunity regardless of age.

Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningitis is rare. But when it strikes, this potentially fatal bacterial disease can lead to swelling of fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column as well as severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation and even death. The State of California enacted legislation that requires all students who enroll at the California State University for on-campus housing to be provided information related to meningococcal disease and vaccination.

  •  | Completion of this form is required by all students living in the dorms. Failure to complete and submit this form to the Housing & Residential Life Office will result in a HOLD placed on your registration and places your Housing Status in danger.
  •  | You must have your parents or legal guardian sign this form if you are under 18 years of age.

Meningococcal meningitis is spread through the air via respiratory secretions or close contact with an infected person. This can include coughing, sneezing, kissing or sharing items like utensils, cigarettes and drinking glasses.

Symptoms of meningococcal meningitis often resemble the flu and can include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting, lethargy and confusion.

Certain college students, particularly freshmen who live in dormitories or residence halls, have been found to have an increased risk for meningococcal meningitis. Other undergraduates can also consider vaccination to reduce their risk for the disease.

Yes. A safe and effective vaccine is available to protect against four of the five most common strains of the disease. The vaccine provides protection for approximately three to five years. As with any vaccine, vaccination against meningitis may not protect 100 percent of all susceptible individuals. Currently, the Student Health Center does offer the meningitis vaccine. Call for an appointment and for current prices.

A quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine is available against four of the most common strains of N. meningitides in the United States (A, C, Y, W135). The vaccine can be used in adults and children older than two years of age and is 85 to 100 percent effective in preventing serogroups A and C of meningitis in older children and adults. The vaccine is often used to control serotype C meningococcal disease outbreaks and for pre-exposure among certain high-risk groups (e.g., immunosuppressed, travelers).

As of October 20, 1999, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that undergraduate college students, particularly freshmen who live in or plan to live in dormitories or residence halls, receive information about meningococcal meningitis and the benefits of vaccination. Freshmen and other undergraduates who wish to reduce their risk for disease should be provided access to the vaccine.

As of January 2011, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that persons aged 21 years or younger should have a dose of meningococcal vaccine not more than 5 years before enrollment. If the primary dose was administered before the 16th birthday, a booster dose should be administered before enrolling in college. The booster dose can be administered anytime after the 16th birthday to ensure that the booster is provided. The minimum interval between doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine is 8 weeks.

In addition, The Center for Disease Control has recently updated their General Recommendations on Immunization. This information is available from the Center for Disease Control online.

To learn more about meningitis and the vaccine, visit the Student Health Center, or call for an appointment at (909) 537-5241. You can also visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American College Health Association.