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Immunization Policy

 

 

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All OCC students residing in the residence halls are required to provide a completed Health History Form, the Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form and Immunization Documentation Form.  These forms are to be completed before moving into the residence halls.

 

Required Immunizations:

  • Measles/Mumps, Rubella (MMR) - 2 doses, the first given at age one year or later; the second at least one month after the first for students born in 1957 or later
  • Meningococcal disease (Menactra)  
  • Tetanus (Tdap recommended) - within the last 10 years
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD) - Complete Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form within 6 months prior to campus arrival to assess need

Students who have ever had a positive tuberculin skin test must submit a physician signed chext x-ray report with their health and immunizations records prior to move-in to confirm the absence of active disease.

Students who object to immunization because of cultural, religious, or medical reasons must provide a completed exemption waiver request.  Please contact our Campus Nurse at health@occ.edu for more information or a copy of the OCC waiver.

All documentation is to be submitted to Richardson Health Center, 1111 North Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801 prior to moving in.  Failure to provide this information may delay your check-in.

Recommended immunizations (not required)

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella
  • Polio
  • Influenza
  • HPV for females

International StudentsInternational students who plan to live in campus housing at OCC are required to follow the immunization policy for residential housing.

International students who do NOT plan to live on campus are not required to follow the immunization policy; however, should complete a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form and complete a Health History Form and submit to the Richardson Health Center on Campus.  This is not required, but would assist the Health Center should you seek treatment.

OCC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommend (not require) that all college students be vaccinated for both the required and recommended immunizations to protect them against communicable diseases.