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CWUP 8-40-020 Immunization

The presence in our society of individuals who have not been immunized for MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella) and DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) creates a significant health risk. On the advice of the Kittitas County Health Department and the Student Health and Counseling Center, Central Washington University adopts the position that identifiable groups of its students and employees should be required to submit an immunization for MMR and DT.

The following policy shall apply to students and employees who are born after a date established periodically by the university with the advice of the Kittitas County Health Department and the Student Health and Counseling Center:

These individuals should demonstrate proof they have had two MMR after 12 months of age and after 1968; demonstrate proof of one MMR prior to enrollment or employment and obtain a second within a period of time established by the university; or sign a waiver for an exemption from immunization. Such exemption may be allowed for religious, personal, or medical reasons. Individuals must be able to demonstrate proof of a DT immunization within the last ten years.

Students or employees who fail to demonstrate appropriate proof of immunizations of immunity; or fail to obtain immunizations; or otherwise sign a waiver for exemption may be subject to disenrollment or disciplinary action, respectively.

All individuals who enroll as students of the university and all individuals accepting positions of employment at the university, after the effective date of this policy, shall be required to complete a immunization report form prior to enrollment or commencement of employment. The immunization report form to be completed shall include documentation of immunization dates or immunity; or a signed waiver of exemption due to religious, personal, or medical reasons.

Adults who are born prior to December 31, 1956, are considered to have been infected naturally and need not be considered susceptible to MMR; therefore, they need not be immunized for MMR but do need to have the DT immunization within the last ten years. Others must meet one of the four following conditions:

All other individuals must have received two doses of the MMR vaccine. The immunizations must have been received after 12 months of age. The immunizations must have been received after 1968. The first of these immunizations must be obtained prior to enrollment or employment; the second within a time period established by the university, or the individual must present a formal record of a physician documented case of the measles. The individual must present evidence of actual measles immunity by presenting high positive results from a blood test, or the individual must sign a waiver for an exemption from immunizations. Such an exemption may be allowed for religious, personal, or medical reasons.

[10/09]