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.

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.

While we have not had an outbeak on camups it is important that all students are vaccinated. If there were an outbreak of Measles, Mumps and Rubella at USM, students who cannot verify that they have both immunizations will be required to leave campus for 21 days which may also impact their ability to complete their courses.