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Oklahoma Statutes, Title 70 §3244, requires that all students who enroll as a full-time or part-time student in Oklahoma public or private postsecondary institution provide documentation of vaccinations against hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Click on the following links for the correct form (Each opens in a new window) (Requires Adobe Reader). MMR Immunization Certification of Compliance Form (PDF)

MMR Vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

Why get vaccinated?

Measles, mumps and rubella are serious diseases.

Measles

  • Measles virus causes rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever.
  • It can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring), brain damage, and death.

Mumps

  • Mumps virus causes fever, headache, and swollen glands.
  • It can lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and rarely, death.

Rubella (German Measles)

  • Rubella virus causes rash, mild fever, and arthritis (mostly in women).
  • If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.

You or your child could catch these diseases by being around someone who has them. They spread from person to person through the air. Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine can prevent these diseases. Most children who get their MMR shots will not get these diseases. Many more children would get them if we stopped vaccinating. Click Here for more information on the MMR Vaccine.

Menningococcal Vaccine

What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness, caused by a bacteria. It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years old in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord coverings. Meningococcal disease can also cause blood infections.
About 2,600 people get meningococcal disease each year in the U.S.  10-15% of these people die, in spite of treatment with antibiotics. Of those who live, another 10% lose their arms or legs, become deaf, have problems with their nervous systems, become mentally retarded, or suffer seizures or strokes.
Anyone can get meningococcal disease. But it is most common in infants less than one year of age, and in people with certain medical conditions. College freshmen, particularly those who live in dormitories have a slightly increased risk of getting meningococcal disease.Meningococcal vaccine can prevent 2 of the 3 important types of meningococcal disease in older children and adults. Meningococcal vaccine is not effective in preventing all types of the disease. But it does help to protect many people who might become sick if they don’t get the vaccine. Click here for more Menningococcal Information (PDF)

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Why get vaccinated for Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a serious disease.The hepatitis B virus (HBV) can cause short-term (acute) illness that leads to :

  • loss of appetite
  • tiredness
  • pain in muscles, joints, and stomach
  • diarrhea and vomiting
  • jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)

It can also cause long-term (chronic) illness that leads to liver damage (cirrhosis), liver cancer, or death.

About 1.25 million people in the U.S. have chronic HBV infection. Each year it is estimated that:

  • 80,000 people, mostly young adults, get infected with HBV
  • More than 11,000 people have to stay in the hospital because of hepatitis B
  • 4,000 to 5,000 people die from chronic hepatitis B

Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B. It is the first anti-cancer vaccine because it can prevent a form of liver cancer. Click here for more Hepatitis B Vaccine Information (PDF)

Immunization Exceptions

All students who enroll as a full-time or part-time student in an Oklahoma public or private post-secondary institution must provide documentation of vaccinations against Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR). (Law requires verification of vaccinations.)

Oklahoma Statute, Title 3244, permits exemption if:

  • the vaccine is contraindicated and a licensed physician provides a signed written statement of verificationor
  • if the student or minor student’s parent or other legal representative signs a written waiver stating the administration of the vaccine is in conflict with the student’s moral or religious tenets.

An exemption form may be obtained in the Admission and Registrar’s Office.