Required Immunizations

Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Boston Department of Public Health, students are required to receive the following vaccines prior to enrollment:

  • Two doses of MMR vaccine (Measles, mumps, & rubella), OR
    • Two doses of a measles vaccine + two doses of a mumps vaccine + two doses of a rubella vaccine, separately
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
  • One dose of Tdap vaccine within 10 years (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough), adult dose)
  • Two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, OR immunity by blood titre
    • No documentation is required if you were born in the United States before 1980
  • (Students 21 years of age or younger) One dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine on/after 16th birthday OR a meningococcal waiver (see below)
  • Two doses of the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine and booster (for all on-campus students)
    • 90 day COVID-19 booster extension permitted for students who tested positive
    • Extensions permitted for students within post-vaccination waiting period 

If you are unable to provide verification of full immunization dates (MM/DD/YYYY format), you may submit a laboratory report of immunity via blood test. Contact your health care provider to arrange for blood testing. If you have a medical condition that prevents immunization, have your clinician complete the medical exemption form. If immunization sincerely contradicts your religious belief, you may complete a religious exemption form. Download the Immunization Verification Form for your health care provider to complete and use to enter/upload entrance health requirements in the Student Health Portal. 

Students must demonstrate compliance with all health requirements prior to entrance, or students will not be permitted to move into residence halls or begin classes.


Meningococcal Immunization

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all undergraduates to either receive a recent meningococcal vaccine OR complete a Meningococcal waiver form upon entrance to the College. Unfamiliar with meningitis and unsure if you should get the vaccine? See detailed information about the disease from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Center offers vaccines against meningitis during our immunization clinics to all undergraduate students and eligible graduate students.

Immunization Clinics

We do not schedule appointments solely for immunizations.

Vaccines are available while supplies last; cost varies depending on the type of vaccine. Students with student health insurance plans will have 100 percent of the cost of the vaccine covered up front. Students with outside insurance may still be vaccinated, and the cost will be charged to their Student Account. Since coverage varies with every insurance plan, cost reimbursement for vaccination is the responsibility of the individual student. The Center does not charge insurance companies directly.

Local Travel Immunization Clinics 

Immunization Clinic Dates & Fees

Health Services sponsors several immunization clinics monthly. Students have an opportunity to obtain/complete any of the pre-matriculation entrance immunization requirements. If you have a heath hold and need a vaccine, please call the Health Center at 617-824-8666 or email healthservices [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Health Services"

All undergraduates are eligible to obtain immunizations regardless of insurance enrollment in the College-sponsored plan through University Health Plan (UHP-BC/BS MA) or through a private parent or employer insurer. Students with private insurance will be charged for immunizations through their student account and receive a receipt to submit to their insurer for reimbursement.

Graduate students enrolled in the College's BC/BS MA plan or those with private insurance who have paid the separate Graduate Health Fee are also eligible.

  • Students may also obtain required immunizations at one of the local resources listed below. Check with your insurer regarding coverage.
  • The Health Services  is located in the Union Bank Building at 216 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor.
  • Appointments are not needed; students will be seen in order of arrival. Students must have their Emerson ID and valid insurance card at time of service.

We recommend all students obtain the flu shot annually, especially those with high-risk medical conditions or those who care for a person with a high-risk condition. Most retail pharmacies also provide flu shots. It is not too late to obtain your flu shot. Flu season typically runs December to April in New England. 

Flu/Immunization Clinic Dates & Times (Fall 2022)

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 4, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Available Immunizations & Fee Schedule

(All immunizations covered at 100% for those enrolled in UHP-BC/BS MA plan)

  • Chicken Pox (Varicella) - $202/dose
  • Hepatitis B (Adolescent formulation age 19 or under) - $50/dose
  • Hepatitis B (Adult, age 20+) - $96/dose
  • MMR (Combined Measles, Mumps, Rubella) - $124/dose
  • Tdap (Combined Tetanus/Pertussis (whooping cough) - $63
  • TB skin test (Positive Risk Assessment or required for CSD clinical placement) - $30
  • Meningococcal (Strains: A-C-W-Y) - $161 **MA regulations require vaccination for entering students residing in college residences OR signature of Waiver on MDPH information sheet acknowledging risk and declining vaccination.

Recommended Immunizations

  • Influenza (Flu) - Cost TBD
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus - men & women through age 26 - three dose series) - $310/dose
  • Meningococcal (Strain B) - $122/dose (two dose series) Is not required under MA regulation but recommended by ACIP for those with certain medical conditions. Health Services encourages students to discuss immunization with their primary care clinician. Students should contact the Health Services for advance ordering of the vaccine. It is also available at retail pharmacies in the local campus area.