Office of International Programs


What are immunizations?

Immunizations are vaccinations or shots that are given to help strengthen your immune system and help protect you against certain viruses.  

Do I need immunizations?

YES, The State of Maine requires all students show proof of the following immunizations to be able to register for classes.

  • One dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria (TD) or Tetanus/ Diphtheria/ Pertussis (Tdap) within the last 10 years.
  • Two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) given after (not on) first birthday and given after December 31, 1956.

How do I document my immunizations?

The university needs a signed or stamped record of these immunizations from your high school, college, military base or private health care provider.

National Exchange Students should be able to request a print out of their immunizations from their home school health center.

Please bring this documentation with you when you come to USM.

What if I do not have these immunizations?

You will be able to get the necessary immunizations at USM during the orientation session. There will be a charge for these immunizations so if you can get the necessary shots before you leave your home country (and can bring the documentation with you) we would recommend it.