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Immunization Requirements

Overview

The Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia has established immunization requirements for all new students (first-year, transfers, and others) as directed by policy consistent with recommendations provided by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, developed collaboratively by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Division of Public Health of the Georgia Department of Human Resources.

A brief summary of current immunization requirements is available on the Board of Regents website for your information.

It is the policy of the Georgia Southern University’s Health Services to comply with the mandatory immunization program established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. These requirements include documented proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and hepatitis B, prior to registration at any college or university within the University System. For additional information, please visit The Board of Regents.

 

After you have registered for classes, please do the following:

Print the Certificate of Immunization and have the form completed and signed by your healthcare provider.

  • All forms must be completed in English.
  • Foreign language reports WILL NOT be accepted as well as handwritten lab results.
  • Dates of immunizations or titers with results are required.
  • Once your immunization record has been completed, go to my.georgiasouthern.edu, select Eagle OSH. Click on Uploads to upload your immunization record. Then return to this same screen and select Forms and you will see 2 questionnaires (Tuberculosis Screening and Medical History) that must be completed.
  • You must complete all of these requirements within 30 days after the start of classes. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on your student account.
  • If you have any questions or cannot upload your records, please email us at immunizations@georgiasouthern.edu

 

Exemptions from immunization requirements are allowed on the following basis:

  • Religious Objection
  • Medical Reasons *Requires Physician’s certification (documentation required)
  • Students enrolled in on-line courses only

During a public health event such as an epidemic, the president of the university is authorized in conjunction with the Chancellor and appropriate health authorities, to put rules and regulations in place regarding diseases against which immunizations may be required.

Any individual who cannot show proof of immunity or adequate immunization and refuses to or cannot be  immunized shall be excluded from any institution or facility of the University System until valid evidence is produced that they are immunized against the disease or the epidemic threat no longer constitutes a significant public health danger (BOR Minutes 1989-90, p.406).

In the event of a disease outbreak, these students may be excluded from any institution or facility of the University System until such time as they present valid evidence that they are immunized against the disease, have had the disease and recovered, or the epidemic or threat no longer constitutes a significant public health danger.

 

Last updated: 5/8/2017