Immunization Requirements

Why Immunizations Are Important

The University follows the CDC and American College Health Association's recommendations regarding immunizations for college students. We encourage all students, parents and guardians to learn more about the serious communicable diseases and to make an informed decision regarding protection.

All incoming students are required to submit a completed immunization record / form by their orientation date, or they can experience delays in registering for classes. Immunization records / forms must be submitted by move-in day. Students who fail to submit the required form will not be permitted to move in to their residence halls or to attend classes, which will be dropped from their schedules on the first day of class.

Immunization requirements must be met and on file at Student Health Services before a student registers for classes. In order to avoid excessive waiting times, students should have all of their immunization requirements and form sent to the Allergy/Immunization & Travel Clinic prior to their orientation date.

Required Immunizations
1. Two doses of MMR (Measles, mumps, and rubella).
2. Meningococcal vaccine for students 21 and under
3. Tuberculosis screening (if you are a student who has arrived within the past five years from countries where TB is endemic)

Recommended Immunizations
1. Gardasil* (for females age 11 to 26 for bivalent and quadrivalent vaccine and males 9 to 26 for quadrivalent vaccine)
2. Hepatitis B
3. Varicella (chicken pox)
4. Tetanus – Diphtheria – Pertussis (Tdap)

Download the immunization form here

Immunization exemptions
Students may be exempt from the above immunizations on grounds of permanent medical contraindication, conflicting religious beliefs, or enrolling in only distance education courses and will not be attending any classes on the USC-Columbia campus.

NEW GARDASIL Information

GARDASIL, a quadrivalent, three-shot vaccine spaced weeks apart, protects against HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).

In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. 

In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases.

The CDC recommends all female college students 11-26 years old should receive either bivalent or quadrivalent (GARDASIL) vaccine. It also recommends males 9-26 years old receive GARDASIL.

The quadrivalent vaccine is indicated for prevention of cervical cancers and precancers, anal cancer and anal intraepithelial dysplasia, and genital warts. The bivalent vaccine is indicated for prevention of cervical cancers and precancers. 

The Allergy/Immunization and Travel Clinic at Thomson Student Health Center offers GARDASIL to students. 

Read the GARDASIL Vaccine Information Statement issued by the CDC here. 

Visit the GARDASIL Website here and get the facts about HPV.

If you're interested in getting the vaccine, call 803-777-3175 to set up an appointment.