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Massachusetts Required Immunizations

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires certain students to submit proof of immunizations to Bristol, typically before the start of classes but absolutely no later than 30 days after the start of classes.

Immunization requirements apply to the following hybrid and face-to-face students:

  1. Full-time students, under 30 years of age, who are taking at least 12 credits in any semester.
  2. Full-time Health Science and Early Education students, regardless of age.
    • Please note: All immunization records for these programs (Health Science and Early Childhood Education) are to be sent to a specific location as directed by the Health Sciences Department.
  3. Full-time or part-time students attending Bristol while on a student VISA, including foreign exchange regardless of age.

A detailed explanation of the required immunization information is provided below.

Immunization Requirements

  • Tdap/Td -1 dose within the last 10 years.
  • Hepatitis B - 3 doses, or 2 doses (Heplisav - B), or laboratory evidence of immunity.
  • MMR - 2 doses or laboratory evidence of immunity.
  • Varicella - 2 doses or laboratory evidence of immunity or reliable history of chickenpox.
  • Meningococcal - 1 dose MenACWY (formerly MCV4) required for all full-time students 21 years of age or younger. The vaccine must have been given on or after student’s 16th birthday. Students may decline the MenACWY vaccine after they have read and signed the MDPH Meningococcal Information and Waiver Form which is available at the Student Health Center in E104.


Immunization records may be obtained from your doctor’s office, your past school (college, elementary schools, or high school), your State Board of Health, your town nurse, your military records (if applicable), or the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS).

You can also submit your immunizations in one of the following ways: by fax to 508.730.3286, or via email to Please include your student ID number and Bristol program of study.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Health Services by calling 774.357.2232, or by emailing

Important Immunization Hold Information

Failure to submit your immunization records will result in an enrollment hold being placed on your Bristol record, which will prevent registration for future courses.

Fully Online Students

Please note: Students who are taking classes fully online are exempt from the immunization requirements.