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Immunizations

The District of Columbia Immunization Law requires that all students born after August 1, 1990 for Fall 2016 admits and January 1, 1991 for Spring 2017 admits, provide proof of certain immunizations prior to registration.

Newly-admitted undergraduate, graduate, non-degree, or transfer students at the George Washington University (GW) who fit the above criteria are required to provide proof of immunization or they will incur a registration hold on their student account.

Download and complete the Mandatory Health Form (English Version) (PDF) or Mandatory Health Form (Chinese Version) (PDF).

Deadlines

All students must have forms submitted by:
August 1 for Fall Admits
January 1 for Spring Admits

Return the completed form to the Colonial Health Center (CHC) at:
Colonial Health Center
Marvin Center Ground Floor
800 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Fax: 202-912-8488

Required Immunizations

  • One Tetanus Diphtheria booster or Tdap vaccine given within the last 10 years.
  • Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) given after age one and a minimum of 30 days apart, or provide laboratory proof of immunity.
  • Two vaccinations against Varicella (Chicken Pox) given a minimum of 30 days apart, regardless of the age at which the student was first vaccinated, or provide history of Varicella (Chicken Pox) disease, or provide laboratory proof of immunity.
  • Three vaccinations against Hepatitis B: dose two given 30 days after dose one, dose three given four months after dose two, or according to the Hepatitis accelerated schedule, or provide laboratory proof of immunity.
  • Meningococcal vaccine given on or after their 16th birthday, or a signed Waiver Request Form (English Version) (PDF) or Waiver Request Form (Chinese Version) (PDF).
  • International Students need required immunizations and are also strongly encouraged to complete a TB screening (PPD).

Immunization Hours

Tuesdays: No appointment necessary, walk in between:

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Immunizations and TB testing
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Immunizations and TB testing

Wednesdays: No appointment necessary, walk in between:

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Immunizations and TB testing
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Immunizations and TB testing

Thursdays: Appointments only for travel planning

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Travel planning, travel immunizations, and travel prescriptions
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Travel planning, travel immunizations, and travel prescriptions

Fridays:

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Immunizations and TB testing (no appointment necessary)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Travel Planning, travel immunizations, and travel prescriptions (appointment only)

Costs & Fees


Medical Services offers certain vaccines, including those recommended for travellers by the CDC:

  • Gardasil (HPV) (requires three doses) - $180/each
  • Hepatitis A (requires two doses) - $100/each
  • Hepatitis B (requires three doses) - $85/each
  • Influenza - $25 (seasonal)
  • Injection Charge - $5/each
  • Meningococcal (Meningitis) - $140 (one dose after 16th birthday)
  • MMR (requires two doses) - $85/each
  • Polio (IPV) - $50
  • PPD (TB Test) (without SHIP) - $20
  • PPD (with SHIP) - $0
  • Tetanus/diphtheria and Pertussis - $60
  • Tetanus/diphtheria - $60
  • TwinRx (Hepatitis A&B - requires three doses) - $135/each
  • Typhoid - $100       
  • Varicella/Chickenpox (requires two doses) - $130/each

Testing for Immunity (Titers)

  • Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Test (Titer/Blood Test) - $25
  • MMR Antibody Test (Titer/Blood Test) - $50
  • Varicella Antibody Test (Titer/Blood Test) - $25

Medical or Religious Exemptions

Students seeking exemption from the immunization requirement for medical or religious reasons must submit:

Processing Time

It takes approximately four weeks to process the form by mail. For forms that are faxed or walked in, it takes one to two weeks. We do not process records on weekends. During class registration periods, records are generally processed within two to four business days.

Registration Holds

Your student account will incur a registration hold if complete immunization records are not received by our office by the deadline required. After we receive your complete immunization records, the hold will be lifted. To see if your hold has been lifted:

  1. Login to the GWeb Info System.
  2. Select: Student Records & Registration -> Student Records Information Menu -> View Administrative Holds.
  3. If you see "Incomplete Immunization Status," it means that your record was either not received or is incomplete. If there is no Student Health hold listed, your record is received and complete.