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Northwest Missouri State University

Before You Arrive, Make Sure that you Complete the Following:


Required for ALL Students

Health History Form

Please read, important information to follow.Prior to starting classes at Northwest, you will need to complete our Health History Form. A copy of the form was included in your acceptance materials, or you may also download the formView PDF.

Here's what you will need to successfully complete the Health History Form:

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination

Please read, important information to follow.Proof of 2 vaccinations for Measles (Rubeola) and 1 vaccination for Rubella.  For most students, this will mean 2 doses of MMR vaccine, with the first administered at age 12 months or later and the second at least one month after the first.  Copies of immunization records should be attached to the Health History Form.

Options for meeting the requirement are:

  1. Two doses of the MMR vaccine.  The first dose must have been given at age 12 months or later.  The second dose must have been at least one month after the first dose.  Wellness Services needs documentation on file of these vaccines. 
  2. A titer, which is a blood test proving immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and Rubella.  You must provide documentation of immunity.

Please contact Wellness Services if you have a medical condition that precludes MMR vaccination or any other concerns about this requirement.

A hold will be placed on your registration/verification until you have successfully completed the MMR requirement.

Required for SOME Students

Meningitis Vaccine Requirement

Effective July 1, 2015, MISSOURI STATE LAW requires all students residing in on-campus housing to receive the Meningococcal Vaccine.Please read, important information to follow. 

Options for meeting the requirement are:

  1. Submit documentation proving you've received the Meningococcal Vaccine to Wellness Services;
    • This MUST be provided to Wellness Services PRIOR to moving into your on-campus housing. Please see the Health History form for deadline information;
  2. Schedule an appointment with Wellness Services to receive the vaccine;
    • Again, this MUST be done PRIOR to moving into your on-campus housing;
  3. If requesting a medical exemption, submit a signed letter from a Physician that provides reason for exemption.

YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MOVE IN UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS REQUIREMENT.  A hold will be placed on your registration/verification until you have successfully completed the Meningitis Requirement.

Tuberculosis (TB) Test

Please read, important information to follow.All first-time foreign-born students and students who have lived outside the U.S. for 3 or more months in countries in which tuberculosis is endemic must provide documentation of a Tuberculosis (Mantoux) Skin Test administered in the United States within the past year.  The University Wellness Services can provide Tuberculosis Skin Tests to students. 

Prior Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) vaccination does not change the requirement.  A chest x-ray will be required for anyone with a positive skin test.


Immunization and Disease Information

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Common childhood illnesses that, if experienced as an adult or during pregnancy, may have serious consequences.  Mumps has been on the rise in the last few years especially affecting the college campus environment.  Mumps is an acute viral disease characterized by fever, swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands.  The complications of mumps can entail swelling of the testicles in males as well as central nervous system disorders including encephalitis, meningitis, arthritis, kidney involvement, inflammation of the thyroid gland, and deafness.

Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease that may be spread through the air from one person to another. This disease continues to be a problem in some foreign countries and the United States.


Tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria are serious diseases.  Tetanus is caused by a germ that enters the body through a cut or wound.  Diphtheria spreads when these germs spread from an infected person to the nose and throats of others.  Boosters are recommended every 10 years and may be indicated more frequently for certain injuries.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection resulting in inflammation of the liver that may lead to the risk of later developing cancer of the liver and other complications. It is generally transmitted by contact with any body fluids from an infected person. A three-shot series is available, which should offer 10 years or more of immunity.

Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningitis is a contagious, potentially fatal infection of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. If not treated in time, it can lead to permanent complications. A single vaccination, which is highly recommended for freshmen, will offer approximately three to four years of protection against all but one of the bacterial serotypes that may cause this disease. The immunization is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the American College Health Association.


Influenza (AKA "the flu") is a viral illness that may range from mild symptoms to high fevers, body aches and fatigue. Flu shots are recommended for all students and are available at Wellness Services and at Flu Shot Clinics around held around campus each Fall trimester.