College students have increased risk of some contagious diseases due to the close living quarters and interactions they have with one another. Because of the risk of transmission to a large number of people, some vaccines are required at Lipscomb. The State of Tennessee made mandatory to all residential students to receive the meningococcal vaccine that protects against bacterial meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control has lots of information on their Meningitis website including who is at risk, what causes it, signs and symptoms of the disease, and prevention.

Required for all students:

  1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccination. Required for all students born after 1956.
    • You must submit copies of documentation of two MMR immunizations given 4 weeks apart or 2 doses of each vaccine: measles, mumps, and rubella.
    • If you think you have had the immunizations but do not have proof, then you need to have a blood test (a titer*) to see if you are immune for all three diseases. A copy of your titers is acceptable, but if you do not have acceptable levels of antibodies then you must get a MMR booster.
  2. Varicella. All new students born after 1979 must show proof of varicella (chickenpox) immunity through one of three ways:
    • Proof of two (2) varicella vaccines given four (4) weeks apart.
    • A positive titer* to varicella zoster.
    • Documentation of varicella infection from a healthcare provider.
  3. Meningitis vaccination. Required for all students living in on-campus housing. At least one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (effective against types A, C, W, and Y) given at 16 years of age or later.
  4. TB screening. Required for all students. TB skin test only if you answered “yes” to a TB Question on the Tuberculosis risk screen on Med+Proctor. 
We administer many vaccinations in the Health Center for a fee. These are available to students, faculty, and staff. A consent will need to be signed and payment will be due at the time of vaccination in the form of cash, check, or credit/debit cards. Health Services does not bill insurance and payment for vaccines varies depending on health insurance plans. We can give you a CPT code if you wish to personally submit a claim for reimbursement.

What we offer:

Flu, seasonal
Hepatitis B (series of 3)