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.

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.

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

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

Records and documentation must be uploaded to the Phoenix Health Portal.

Additional information about required vaccines and uploading instructions may be found here.

Requirements vary for School of Health Sciences (DPT, PA, Nursing). Please familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of your program.

Vaccine Number of Doses Required Before School Entry*
Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis 3 doses
Polio 3 doses
Measles 2 doses
Mumps 2 doses
Rubella 1 dose
Hepatitis B (Hep B) 3 doses
Meningococcal Quadrivalent Conjugate 2 doses or 1 dose after 16 years of age
Varicella 1 dose
COVID-19 Vaccine 1 dose J&J plus booster; all others – 2 doses plus booster

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)
  • your required COVID-19 vaccines
  • Students’ current immunization records are available by contacting their health care provider or school guidance office.  If you need additional immunizations to meet compliance requirements, contact your health care provider or your local health department. They can advise you about where you can receive necessary immunizations.
  • Students will receive responses and periodic updates regarding their completion status through the PhoenixHealth portal. Check that account regularly so that you do not miss important information.
  • If you have questions about state-required immunizations or your status, please call Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or email healthservices@elon.edu from your Elon email account.

Vaccines and Immunizations

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.

Polio

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.

Measles

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.

Mumps

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.

Rubella

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.

Hepatitis B

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. If born before January 1, 2003 no Meningococcal Quadrivalent Conjugate vaccine required. *This is a required vaccine for Elon University*

Varicella

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.

COVID 19 Vaccine (Up to Date)

One dose Johnson and Johnson, plus booster  (when eligible) or two doses Pfizer or Moderna plus booster (when eligible).

Requesting Medical and Religious Exemptions  for State and University-Mandated Vaccines

Information about requesting exemptions for state and/or university vaccine requirements may be found here.