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Public Health Requirements

Gannett Health Services
110 Ho Plaza
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101

Tel: 607 255-5155
Fax: 607 255-0269
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This page reviews the public health requirements as documented in Cornell's Health History form.

Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccination

New York State law requires proof that you have had the following:

  1. Combination vaccine: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday; OR
  2. Individual vaccinations:
  • Measles: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday; or protective-antibody titer result; or physician-diagnosed history of disease.
  • Mumps: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday; or protective-antibody titer result; or physician-diagnosed history of disease. (See information about recent changes in mumps immunization requirement.) 
  • Rubella: one dose of live vaccine; or protective-antibody titer result (NOTE: previous clinical diagnosis of Rubella is not acceptable proof).

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Students may provide record of any of the following dates:

  • Vaccine (2 dates)
  • Physician-diagnosed illness
  • Protective antibody titer 

Note: If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, the Varicella requirement does not apply.

Tetanus booster

Students must have received a Tdap vaccine within the past 10 years.

Meningococcal vaccination

New York State Public Health Law requires that all registered students receive information about meningococcal disease and vaccination and indicate that they have received the vaccine or choose not to at this time. 

Tuberculin screening

Students from countries in which TB is endemic must have a Quantiferon-TB Gold (blood test) at Gannett Health Services following arrival at Cornell. (TB screenings completed elsewhere, prior to arrival, will not be accepted.) 

  • Your TB screening must take place after you get to the U.S. As long as you make your appointment for screening immediately upon  arrival to campus, you will not receive a financial penalty. The screening must take place within 3 weeks of arrival. (You will receive a fine if you do NOT keep the screening appointment.)
  • Students who have a positive reaction to the screening will require a visit for a chest x-ray to determine if they have active TB disease.*

For information about fees for screening, contact Gannett's Billing Office at 607 255-7492 or talk to a Cashier or Billing Representative on Level 3 of Gannett.

*The fee for the x-ray will be charged to you. If you have Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP), the charge will be covered. If you have other insurance, we will give you a bill that you can submit for reimbursement (if it is covered by your plan).

Notice of privacy practices

The U.S. Government Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 requires Gannett to inform all students of Gannett's Notice of Privacy Practices and ask for their signature acknowledging that they have seen the Notice.


Not Compliant With Your Health History?

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