In order to adequately protect its students at risk for communicable diseases, the University of Missouri-Kansas City requires a variety of immunizations for students identified as high risk (i.e., residence hall students, international students, and students enrolled in the schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing). These students will be notified by the appropriate campus office of specific immunization requirements.
UMKC strongly encourages all of its students to review and update their immunization records, particularly in regard to measles and meningitis. The American College Health Association (ACHA) recommends that all college students born after 1956 should receive two doses of measles vaccine and that all residence hall students should be immunized against meningitis. A new Missouri law requires that all residence hall students receive information about the meningitis vaccine and sign a form stating the student has been informed and/or immunized against meningitis. Further information about ACHA recommended vaccines are available on the Student Health and Wellness website at www.umkc.edu/chtc/health. Most of the vaccines are available at Student Health and Wellness.
All UMKC students are encouraged to file health care provider-signed documentation of immunization with the Registrar's Office. In the case of a measles outbreak, students who do not have documentation on file may be asked to leave campus.
Exemptions from immunizations are permitted for health and/or religious reasons. Students who exempt themselves from immunization for either of the above reasons must sign a University of Missouri exemption form (parents must sign for students under age 18). For medical exemptions, the exemption form must be completed by a physician. The exemption form should be presented in lieu of actual immunization records to the office making the request. These records will be kept in the appropriate office with actual immunization records. For their own protection, students who have an exemption may be required to leave campus in case of an outbreak.
For further information or questions, contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at 816-235-1141.