University Immunization Rate in Indiana
2001 Assessment Results

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In 1993, the Indiana General Assembly enacted legislation, implemented in 1995 (IC 20-12-71), requiring new full-time students attending classes at a residential public postsecondary institution to document immunity against five diseases preventable by vaccination. As a result of this law, six universities (Ball State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Southern Indiana, and Vincennes University) require matriculating students to document proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. The law requires the universities to designate a record-keeping office who will maintain records on all full-time matriculating students and identify those students who are exempt from providing proof of immunity for religious or medical reasons. Students are to be denied second semester enrollment if they do not provide the proper documentation of immunity. The six universities are also required to submit individual reports, indicating the immune status of their students, to the Indiana State Department of Health on an annual basis. The present report, “University Immunization Rates in Indiana” prepared by the Indiana State Department of Health, summarizes the data received from the universities for the 2000-2001 school year.