Wellness Center: Immunization Requirements
In accordance with Illinois State law, Public Act 85-1315, and actions of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago requires all students registered for six or more credit hours to provide written proof of current immune status to Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td). A nonrefundable $100 fine will be placed on your tuition bill each semester if your proof of immunity is not complete and/or not on file with Health Services.
The immunization requirements are as follows:
2 Measles (Rubeola): The first shot must be given on or after your first birthday, the second shot given at least 30 days after the first shot. If either dose was given before 1968, proof must be provided that a live virus was administered. Students who cannot obtain records may provide a laboratory report as evidence of immunity to measles, or a confirmation of disease history with date of diagnosis signed by a physician.
1 Mumps: Immunization with live mumps vaccine on or after your first birthday; or physicians signed confirmation of disease history and date of diagnosis; or laboratory report of immunity to mumps.
1 Rubella (German Measles): Immunization with rubella vaccine on or after your first birthday; or laboratory report of rubella immunity. History of disease is not acceptable as proof of immunity for rubella.
Please note: if you were born on or before January 1, 1957, you are exempt from the above requirements, as exposure to disease and natural immunity is assumed. You will however, need to show proof of immunity to diphtheria and tetanus (below).
Diphtheria/Tetanus: All domestic students are required to provide proof of having received at least one dose of Td within 10 years of the term of current enrollment. All international students are required to provide dates of any combination of 3 or more doses of DPT, DT, or Td vaccine; with the most recent dose having been received within 10 years of the term of current enrollment.
Proof of Immunity
Students can submit proof of current immune status to Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) by attaching relevant records from a high school, prior college, military, or physician to the Immunization Record Form below.
Exemptions that will be accepted
Medical Exemption: Students who have a medical reason that contraindicates vaccination should ask their healthcare provider to complete the Medical Immunization Exemption Form [PDF].
Religious Exemption: Students who have a religious objection to immunization should complete the Religious Immunization Exemption Form [PDF].
Pregnancy or Suspected Pregnancy: Students who are pregnant or suspected to be pregnant should ask their healthcare provider to complete the Medical Immunization Exemption Form.