Immunizations and Requirements for International Students

International Student Immunization Requirements:

On August 5, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health changed the college immunization code (77 Ill. Adm.Code 694), to require:

  • 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 & #2 at least 28 days apart, #3 no less than 6 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 students are unable to provide proof of vaccines, serologic evidence (IGG antibody titers), 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.

Due Dates: Immunizations must be complete and on file in our office by the tenth day of the semester.

Document Submission:

All nonimmigrant students enrolled at Northern Illinois University are required to attend the mandatory International Student Screening to submit their immunization records. Vaccinations administered outside of the United States must be submitted with the original documentation. 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.

Tuberculosis Testing:

All nonimmigrant students enrolled at Northern Illinois University are required to complete the mandatory International Student Screening and Tuberculosis (TB) screening questionnaire.  TB testing will be required for those found to be in the high-risk group.  This will be provided during your orientation program and Health Services screening. 

Exemptions and Assistance:

Contact the Immunization Office 815-753-9585 or Health Services 815-753-1311 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.