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North Carolina law requires children and college students to receive certain vaccines and immunizations. To be fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, children should receive all age-appropriate immunizations unless there are viable medical or religious contraindications. Elon University may require additional immunizations and vaccines. Students are expected to comply with state and university requirements.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services  (NC Immunization Branch of NCDHHS) mandates: 

G.S. 130A-155.1.(a) requires persons attending a college or university, whether public, private, or religious, to present a Certificate of Immunization or a record of immunization from a high school located in North Carolina. The registrar of the college or university is responsible for assuring the required immunizations have been received by all new (undergraduate and graduate) students enrolling in college each fall. The statute applies to all students except the following: Students residing off-campus and registering for any combination of: Off-campus courses  Evening courses (classes beginning after 5 p.m.)  Weekend courses  No more than four-day credit hours in on-campus courses

Elon University follows the NC Immunization Branch of NCDHHS and the American College Health Association’s guidelines regarding immunizations for college students. Students must meet all requirements by the due dates below:

  • May 1 for Summer I enrollment
  • June 1 for Summer II enrollment
  • July 1 for fall semester enrollment
  • December 1 for January/Spring enrollment

For more information about vaccine-preventable diseases and immunizations required and recommended, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Immunization Action Coalition, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Required and Recommended Vaccines

The full schedule of state required vaccines for college students may be found on the NCDHHS website.  Please consult this resource first if you have questions.

Immunizations Required by the State of North Carolina

Vaccine Number of Doses Required Before School Entry
Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (TD/DTAP/TDAP) 3 doses
Polio 3 doses
Measles 2 doses
Mumps 2 doses
Rubella 1 dose
Hepatitis B (Hep B) 3 doses
Varicella 1 dose

Immunizations/Vaccines Required by Elon University

Vaccine Number of Doses Required Before School Entry
Meningococcal Quadrivalent 2 doses or 1 dose (after 16th birthday)

Immunizations/Vaccines Strongly Recommended But Not Required by Elon University

Vaccine Number of Doses 
 Annual flu vaccine Take in fall semester; on campus clinics offered
 Covid-19 vaccines One dose Johnson and Johnson, plus booster (when eligible) or two doses Pfizer or Moderna plus booster (when eligible)

Required Vaccines That May Not Be Current in High School Immunization Records

The following vaccines may not be current on your high school immunization records:

  • a second Measles (Rubeola) shot (included in the MMR series)
  • a Tetanus booster with pertussis (Tdap) within the last 10 years – (required)

If you have questions, please consult the NCDHHS website.

If you have questions about your immunization status please email from your Elon email account.

Please note: Some students, including those in the School of Health Sciences, may be required to provide proof of  additional vaccinations/immunizations for clinicals, internships or travel that exceed the university expectations. Please familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of your program.