Required health information (documentation of state required immunizations) is due:
· July 1 for fall enrollment (Note: please see section below regarding COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccines- those dates are different)
· December 1 for January/Spring enrollment
· May 1 for Summer I
· June 1 for Summer II
Records can be uploaded to the Phoenix Health Portal.
**Elon University has implemented for the 2021-2022 Academic Year that the COVID 19 and Influenza Vaccines be university required vaccines.
Elon University follows the North Carolina Immunization Branch and the American College Health Association’s guidelines regarding immunizations for college students.
Please note the following that 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)
Requirements vary for Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies students. Please familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of your program.
|Vaccine||Number of Doses Required Before School Entry*|
|Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis||3 doses|
|Hepatitis B (Hep B)||3 doses|
|Meningococcal Quadrivalent Conjugate||2 doses or 1 dose after 16 years of age|
|Influenza (Starting October 2020)||1 dose|
*Please read below for further information
Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
Three doses are required for individuals entering college or university. Individuals entering college or university for the first time on or after July 1, 2008, must have had three doses of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid; one of which must be tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis within the last 10 years.
Three doses are required for individuals entering college or university. An individual attending school who has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive the polio vaccine.
Two doses at least 28 days apart are required for individuals entering college or university. The requirement for a second dose does not apply to individuals who entered school, college, or university for the first time before July 1, 1994. A person who has been diagnosed prior to January 1, 1994, by a physician (or designee such as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) as having measles (rubeola) or an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against measles is not required to receive measles vaccine. Individuals born before 1957 are not required to receive the measles vaccine except in measles outbreak situations.
Two doses are required for individuals entering college or university. A physician’s diagnosis is not acceptable for mumps disease(s). Individuals must be immunized or have laboratory confirmation of disease or have been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody against mumps. Individuals born before 1957 are not required to receive the mumps vaccine. Individuals that entered college or university before July 1, 1994, are not required to receive the vaccine. Individuals that entered school, college, or university before July 1, 2008, are not required to receive the second dose of mumps vaccine.
One dose is required for individuals entering college or university. A physician’s diagnosis is not acceptable for rubella disease(s). Individuals must be immunized or have laboratory confirmation of rubella disease or have been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against rubella. Any individual who has attained his or her fiftieth birthday is not required to receive the rubella vaccine except in outbreak situations. Any individual who entered college or university after his or her thirtieth birthday and before February 1, 1989, is not required to receive the rubella vaccine except in outbreak situations.
Three doses are required for individuals entering college or university. Hepatitis B vaccine is not required if an individual was born before July 1, 1994.
Meningococcal Quadrivalent Conjugate
CDC recommends vaccination with a meningococcal conjugate vaccine for all preteens and teens at 11 to 12 years old, with a booster dose at 16 years old. *This is a required vaccine for Elon University*
One dose is required for individuals entering college or university that were born on or after April 1, 2001. An individual who has laboratory confirmation of varicella disease immunity or has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against varicella, or who has documentation from a physician, nurse practitioner, or physicians’ assistant verifying history of varicella disease is not required to receive varicella vaccine. The documentation shall include the name of the individual with a history of varicella disease, the approximate date or age of infection, and a healthcare provider signature. Individuals born before April 1, 2001, are not required to receive the varicella vaccine.
Required vs. Recommended
North Carolina law requires children to receive certain vaccines. But in order to be fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, children should receive all age-appropriate immunizations.
For more information about vaccine-preventable diseases and immunizations 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.
Medical and Religious Exemptions: State Mandated Vaccines
Information about applying for a medical or religious exemption to state-required immunizations may be found here. Students requesting a medical or religious exemption should follow the procedures on the website and upload their approved medical exemption or written request for a religious exemption to their Phoenix Health portal. The process for securing a medical exemption can take a few weeks so students should complete this process as soon as possible before matriculation.
University Required Seasonal Flu Vaccines (2021-2022)
All students enrolled for the 2021-2022 academic year are required to receive a flu vaccine or receive an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons. This requirement applies to all students (undergraduate, graduate and law students) enrolled in classes, living on campus, participating in study abroad/away, or participating in on-campus activities on any Elon campus. Documentation of completed flu vaccines or exemptions are due no later than October 29.
Receiving the Vaccine at an On-Campus Clinic
- Register for an appointment at an on-campus clinic. In the coming weeks, Campus Recreation and Wellness and the Office of the Dean of Students will offer a series of clinics on campus, with thousands of appointment times available. View the list of dates and register for an appointment time here. The list will be updated as additional clinics are scheduled. Registration is recommended, but walk-ups will also be accepted as space is available.
- Bring your health insurance card with you to the appointment time. The staff at the clinic will directly bill your insurance for the flu shot. Elon University will cover out-of-pocket costs not covered by students’ insurance at all on-campus clinics. Students who do not have health insurance should contact Dr. Jana Lynn Patterson at email@example.com for instructions.
- Elon will complete your documentation for you. Students who receive their flu vaccine at an on-campus clinic do not need to take any action to document their completion of the flu vaccine requirement; it will be handled automatically.
Receiving the Vaccine at an Off-Campus Clinic or Pharmacy
- Identify a location to receive the vaccine. If you prefer to go to an off-campus clinic or pharmacy, flu shots are widely available at this time of year.
- Bring your health insurance card with you. Most flu vaccines are fully covered by insurance. Students are responsible for any out-of-pocket costs associated with flu vaccines at off-campus pharmacies or clinics.
Uploading your Flu Vaccine Documentation
- Documentation for students receiving their flu vaccine at one of the on campus clinics will automatically be uploaded to the university system.
- Students receiving a flu vaccine at an off-campus pharmacy or clinic will need to upload their proof of vaccination.
- Login to PhoenixHealth using your University username and password.
- Select Immunizations and click on the enter dates dropdown.
- You must enter the date for your 2021-2022 flu vaccine.
- In addition to entering the dates in the Immunization section of the portal, you will need to upload documentation from the medical provider who gave your vaccine so Student Health staff can verify your vaccine date. To do so, save a copy of all flu vaccine documentation on your device. *Please save the file “Last First flu vaccine 21” to your desktop and upload it from that location. File names that are too long or file paths that are too long will cause an error message.* From the PhoenixHealth home page, navigate to uploads. Select “Immunization History” from the dropdown. Follow the directions on the page. The student will not be considered compliant until the document is received.
Requesting Medical and Religious Exemptions: University Mandated Vaccines
Similar to the process used with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement this year, the university will grant medical and religious exemptions to the seasonal flu vaccine requirement.
- Medical exemptions: The request must include a statement attesting that the student has been advised by their medical provider it is not safe for them to receive the flu vaccine. Documentation from the provider is not required, but the student must consult with their medical provider prior to submitting the request.
- Religious exemptions: The request must include a brief personal statement indicating why receiving the flu vaccine is in contradiction to sincerely held religious beliefs.
- The required form for requesting a medical or religious exemption from the 2021-2022 flu vaccine requirement may be found here.
- Exemptions/waivers granted last year for the flu vaccine or this year for the COVID-19 vaccine are not automatically applied to the current year flu vaccine requirement; students with prior exemptions will need to submit a new, updated exemption request.
Questions about the Flu Vaccine Requirement may be directed to the Healthy Elon call line at (336) 278-2020 or Healthy@elon.edu.
COVID-19 Vaccine Exemptions:
Students must submit waiver documentation by July 9 for requesting an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements for medical or religious reasons. Information can be found here. To complete this submission, students must complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form, and submit the required documentation. Note: This will require Elon log-in.
Uploading COVID-19 vaccine documentation:
Students may upload and submit documentation of their COVID-19 vaccine here. Note: This will require Elon log-in. Unvaccinated undergraduates should plan to get their first dose of any two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) by July 1, so they can get their second dose by July 29. Students may alternately choose to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by July 15 to meet this requirement. Please keep in mind that full vaccination is not achieved until two weeks past the final dose of the vaccine.