On campus at USC Upstate, students get the enriching experience of interacting with many people every day. With these encounters comes an increased risk for the spread of contagious illnesses, and in order to protect the campus community, USC Upstate has vaccine requirements each student taking on campus classes must fulfill. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) support the need for these vaccines.
Vaccines required for attendance at USC Upstate:
- Two doses of MMR vaccine
- One dose of Tdap, received in the last 10 years
- One dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) received after 16th birthday, if living in campus housing
Documentation is required two weeks before your orientation date. Please review immunization form for more details.
Attention: Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement
Proof of Meningitis Vaccination after 2005 (with Menactra®) is REQUIRED for all incoming students living in University Housing. Please call Health Services for more information. Please complete the Immunization Form before classes begin.
If you need to get vaccine to fulfill this requirement (no documentation of having had the vaccine):
- Most vaccines have been approved by major health insurance plans
- Any person under age 19 who is uninsured, underinsured, or Medicaid eligible may qualify to get a free vaccine, with an administration charge only, though the Vaccines for Children (VFC) federal program through Health Services or another office that participates in the VFC program.
- Health Services can provide these vaccines on a fee-for-service basis. Appointments can be scheduled to receive vaccines on campus during orientation by calling 864-503-5191. Fee/services schedule
- You may go to your local pharmacy, health department, or doctor’s office to get these vaccines. Many urgent care clinics also administer vaccines.
The State of South Carolina requires institutions of higher education to inform students or their parent (guardian), about the risk of contracting meningococcal disease and hepatitis B, as well as the availability of preventive vaccines. Because most cases of meningococcal disease are diagnosed in teens and young adults, ages 15-25, USC Upstate requires all students living in University housing to be immunized with the meningococcal vaccine, as listed above. The hepatitis B vaccine is strongly recommended for freshmen entering institutions of higher education, if this vaccine has not been previously received. The State of South Carolina added the hepatitis B vaccine to its immunization requirements for admission to elementary, middle, and high schools in 2004. By preventing hepatitis B, an added benefit of this vaccine is a decrease in the incidence of liver cancer.
We encourage you to review information through the Department of Health and CDC web sites with any questions you may have about vaccines. You may also wish to consult with your family health care provider or local health department to receive these vaccines.