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Health Requirements for New Students

Oregon Tech Integrated Student Health Center is required by law* to ensure that all students have received two Measles vaccinations and are not at risk for Tuberculosis.

Newly admitted students must complete the following health requirements  (note: International students must complete a similar process prior to coming to campus; work with your Admissions Counselor to provide the required information). Failure to complete these requirements will result in a “Health Hold” on the student’s account, affecting a student’s ability to conduct Business Office transactions and to register for additional courses.

Student Health Portal

An electronic portal is now available for students  to complete the two requirements (see below). Access to the portal can be found through the student's MyOIT account (click on the "Student Resources" tab, then on "Student Health Portal" located on the menu to the right.) Step-by-step instructions can be downloaded in the "File Downloads" section on this page. Students are no longer required to provide documentation to support their immunization history.

Requirement 1: Tuberculosis Risk Screening/Health History

Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that primarily affects your lungs. It is spread from person to person through tiny droplets released in the air, and is highly contagious.

All incoming students are required to complete a Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Screening to determine whether they may have been exposed to the disease. If a student answered "Yes" to any of the questions on the screening, they must have either a skin test, blood-work, or a chest x-ray to confirm that they are not carrying the disease.

Requirement 2: Measles Vaccine Information

Two doses of Measles vaccine (or Measles-Mumps-Rubella, MMR) are required for all full-time college students in Oregon born on or after Jan. 1, 1957. The first dose must be given after the first birthday, and the second dose must have been administered after 1989*. The dates that the immunizations were administered will be entered into the Student Health Portal. A student's immunization history can often be found:

  • In their current doctor's office or medical clinic
  • At the Public Health Department
  • On their personal immunization card (signed by a medical provider or nurse)
  • On their previous college immunization records
  • On their high school transcript

If you are unable to locate this information, ISHC does offer MMR vaccinations for a fee. It will not harm you to have additional immunizations if you have had them before, but they do have to be administered one month apart. Call 541-885-1800 if you need to schedule an immunization.

Exemptions
Students may be exempted from the immunization requirements only if: 1) there is a documented medical condition preventing the immunization, or 2) the student has filed a Nonmedical Vaccine Exemption with ISHC. For medical exemptions, a signed statement from your health care provider is required; for your convenience, we have a form that your provider can complete on our Forms page. To file a Nonmedical Vaccine Exemption, the student must view the required Oregon Department of Public Health video and provided a signed Certificate of Completion to ISHC. 

Please be aware that students who are granted an exemption are likely to be prohibited from campus by the Department of Public Health in the event of an outbreak and may not receive a financial refund or additional time to make up any missed coursework. For more information, please call 541.885.1800.

Recommended Immunizations

Although the following immunizations are not required by the state of Oregon for admission, ISHC does recommend that you consider getting immunized against the following diseases:

Tetanus

Td is a tetanus-diphtheria vaccine given to adolescents and adults as a booster shot every 10 years, or after an exposure to tetanus under some circumstances. Tdap is similar to Td but also containing protection against pertussis. A single dose of Tdap is recommended for adolescents 11 or 12 years of age, or in place of one Td booster in older adolescents and adults age 19 through 64.

Meningitis

Consistent with the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommendations, the ISHC recommends that in-coming students discuss vaccination for meningitis with their medical provider, contact their local public health agency, or inquire at the ISCH. For more information on ACHA recommendation and general meningitis information see their website: www.acha.org.

Hepatitis A
A serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis a virus (HAV). HAV is usually spread by close personal contact. It can also be spread by eating food or drinking water containing HAV.

  • Two doses of the vaccine are needed for lasting protection. These doses should be given at least 6 months apart.

Hepatitis B

A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). For some people, hepatitis B infection becomes chronic, leading to liver failure, liver cancer, or cirrhosis-a condition that causes permanent scarring of the liver.

  • Hepatitis B vaccine is usually given as a series of 3 or 4 shots. These doses gives long-term protection from HBV infection, possibly lifelong.

Hepatitis A/B

A combined vaccination usually given as a series of 3 or 4 shots.

* This requirement is supported by: Oregon Administrative Rule 333-050-0130 and the American College Health Association Guidelines: Recommendations for Institutional Prematriculation Immunizations, April, 2014.

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