Immunization saves millions of lives every year. Vaccines reduce risks of getting a disease by working with your body’s natural defenses to build protection. When you get a vaccine, your immune system responds. For more information visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Under Massachusetts State Regulations (105 CMR 220.600), students must have documentation of required vaccines , or proof of immunity through antibody blood titers. Massachusetts students must provide documentation of immunization, according to school requirements, or submit an approved medical or religious exemption. The Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements for 2023/2024 apply to all students 30 yrs< who spend any amount of time on campus.


State Required Vaccines

Occasionally a student is unable to complete a vaccination series before arriving on campus. Students can receive missing vaccines at the Health Center by calling the office to schedule an appointment. Students can also obtain required vaccines at one of the local pharmacies. Screening for Tuberculosis is also available at the health center if necessary.

Access to Medical and Religious exemption forms click here

Covid-19 and Flu Vaccines

Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) first identified in 2019. Flu is caused by infection with an influenza virus. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended for Brandeis Students but are NOT required. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the health center for all eligible graduate and undergraduate students once released by the CDC each year.

  • Covid-19 seasonality has not yet been determined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We anticipate the annual Covid-19 vaccine will be available in early Fall.
  • Flu season starts in the fall, usually peaks in January or February, with outbreaks occurring through May. Approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get sick each year. 

New Students

We recommend reading our page for new students and their families for more specific information and instructions.