Student Health Services manages the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's immunization compliance requirements.
By verifying a student's immunization status, Student Health Services' responsibility in managing health care for students begins before students arrive on campus.
Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as un-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the State of Louisiana Law recognize that outbreaks of communicable diseases cause significant disruption and stress to students and families on a college campus. It is essential to assure compliance with recommended vaccines to prevent outbreaks and disease clusters.
To comply with UL Lafayette and State of Louisiana vaccine requirements, students are required to submit immunization records and Tuberculosis (TB) information to register for classes. These records must contain University- and state-mandated vaccines administered at proper intervals and the completion of a Tuberculosis (TB) risk screening questionnaire and possible testing.
On Monday, Aug. 23, the FDA announced full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. As anticipated, UL Lafayette students will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a physician’s certification that the vaccine is medically contraindicated, or a written dissent. The University will release more information about these steps in the coming days.
Louisiana State Law
Louisiana state law (RS 17:170---Schools of Higher Learning) requires proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus-diphtheria for all first-time students born on or after January 1, 1957, and for re-entering students born on or after January 1, 1957, who have been out of school for one semester or longer. In addition, any student admitted to a postsecondary education institution for the Fall 2006 semester and thereafter is required to submit proof of a meningitis vaccine.