Immunization Requirements

Any applicant accepted into Tufts University School of Medicine must provide documentation for the State and University immunization requirements listed below by July 1st for the MD program, or June 1st for the MD/MBA program (or immediately following acceptance if the offer is made after July 1st).  Additional information and forms will be emailed to admitted students.

It is best to start gathering your documentation early, as it may take several weeks to retrieve immunization records, and you might need an appointment for additional immunizations and testing. If you are currently enrolled in college, you should retrieve immunization documentation from your health services clinic prior to graduation. If it is impossible to obtain documentation of past immunizations, you must be vaccinated again, or provide a positive antibody titer as proof of immunity. The following immunizations are required as a condition of matriculation:

  • Tetanus Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis (Tdap):  One dose of the adult Tdap vaccine is required, in lieu of a Td booster.  If current Td booster is less than two years old, wait to receive Tdap vaccine.
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR):  Two doses of MMR vaccine and a positive rubella antibody titer are required; or positive antibody titers for measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Tuberculosis Test:  Test given within one year prior to start date and updated annually.  If tuberculin positive, a chest X-ray or QuantiFERON-TB Gold Test is required within one year prior to start date.  If history of being tuberculin positive, documentation of past positive test is required.  A history of BCG vaccine is not acceptable as proof of being tuberculin positive.  BCG recipients must provide documentation of a tuberculosis test.
  • Varicella (chickenpox):  Physician verification of year of disease, positive antibody titer, or two doses of vaccine.
  • Polio:  Documentation of vaccination is recommended.  Proof of vaccination may be required in the future.
  • Hepatitis B: Positive antibody titer is required.  Dates of immunization should be recorded, but will not substitute for antibody titer.
  • Meningococcal: One dose of vaccine within the five years prior to start date or completion of State Waiver Form.
  • Influenza:  Annual seasonal influenza vaccine is required for all students with patient contact, unless medically contraindicated.  

Antibody titer laboratory reports must be submitted with other immunization documentation.

The Medical School Immunization Form is available on the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office (SAHA) website.

If you have any questions about the requirements please call the Student Advisory & Health Administration at (617) 636-2712 or email Lucia Fenney, Immunization Administrator.