At-A-Glance Exchange Student Pre-Arrival Instructions
- Letter from your International Student Adviser
- Fillable Pre-Arrival Checklist (download and save your own copy)
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Submit Immunization Records
North Carolina law requires that all students have a complete immunization record on file before attending class. Read below for help completing the UNCW Immunization form.
- UNCW Immunization & Medical History Form
- Submit your immunizations by email for early review
Bring the UNCW Immunization & Medical History form to your doctor and have him/her verify your immunization record and administer any immunizations you may be missing.
Your immunization form must include the following:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis: Three doses. One must have been within the past 10 years. Those individuals enrolling in college or university for the first time on or after July 1, 2008 must have had three doses of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid and a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine if a tetanus/diphtheria toxoid or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine has not been administered within the past 10 years.
- Polio: Three doses. An individual attending school who has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive polio vaccine.
- Measles: Two doses. Measles vaccines are not required if any of the following occur: Diagnoses of disease prior to January 1, 1994; an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against measles; or an individual born prior to 1957. An individual who enrolled in a college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994 is not required to have a second dose of measles vaccine.
- Mumps: Two doses. Mumps vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against mumps; an individual born prior to 1957; or an individual enrolled in a college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994. An individual entering a college or university prior to July 1, 2008 is not required to receive a second dose of mumps vaccine.
- Rubella: One dose. Rubella vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: 50 years of age or older; and individual is enrolled in a college or university before February 1, 1989 and after their 30th birthday; an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against rubella.
- Hepatitis B: Three doses. Hepatitis B vaccine is not required if an individual was born before July 1, 1994.
- MENINGITIS VACCINE: North Carolina House Bill 825 requires public and private institutions with on-campus residents to provide information about meningococcal disease. Information about meningitis is available on the CDC
website, the Student Health Center website, at the Student Health Center and at orientation. Please record on the Immunization Record whether you have received the meningococcal vaccine (YES or NO). If yes, please note the month, day and year of the vaccination as well as the type.
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS and/or non-US CITIZENS: Vaccines are required as noted above. Additionally these students are required to have a TB skin test (PPD or TST) that has been administered at an appropriate medical facility within the 12 months prior to the first day of class. A chest x-ray result is required if the test is positive.
Incoming international exchange students may submit their records to their international student adviser, Amy Mabery. Your international student adviser will notify you of any immunizations you may be missing before sending your records to the UNCW Student Health Center.
If you wish to send your documents directly to the UNCW Student Health Center, you may fax them 910-962-4130. Please let your international student adviser know that your forms were sent directly to the Student Health Center.
Please also keep a copy of the Immunization & Medical History form for your own records and bring it with you to campus. If your original form gets lost, your copy is the only way to prove that you’ve had the necessary immunizations.
If you are missing any of your required immunizations, you may purchase the remaining vaccines at UNCW Student Health Center after you arrive. The UNCW Student Health Center's costs of the vaccinations are listed below (prices current as of March 2011).
- Tetanus vaccines (Tdap or DTP) - $40
- (if you have no record of a tetanus vaccine, you can obtain 1 when you arrive, and 30 days later you can receive a different type of the vaccine)
- MMR - $60
- (if you have no MMRs on your record, you can obtain 1 when you arrive, and 30 days later you can obtain another)
- Meningitis vaccine - $105
- You have the option of either purchasing the vaccine or signing the waiver saying you understand the risks of not being vaccinated against meningitis.
- PPD skin test - $15