Chicken pox vaccine now required for enrollment at ETSU News, May 19, 2011

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Incoming students who will begin full-time classes at East Tennessee State University starting this summer and beyond will be required to show proof of having the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or proof of immunity to this disease.

This policy is part of a new state law that applies to incoming new full-time students at all Tennessee colleges and universities, including those in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

New students must receive two doses of the Varicella vaccination, which are given at least 28 days apart. ETSU will allow students to register for full-time courses for one semester if they have had only the first of the two vaccinations; however, the second vaccination must be administered before they can register for the following semester.

In addition to Varicella, ETSU students must show proof of having at least the first of two doses of the MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella) vaccine. As with the case of the Varicella vaccine, the second MMR dose must be administered before the student can register for the following semester.

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