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Review Iowa's Immunization Requirements

New international students are required to provide a medical history form and verification of several immunizations. Visit the "International Students" section of the website for the UI Student Health Service to find the required forms and related information. The information includes:

  • Health Information for New International StudentsAn overview of the university's immunization and health insurance requirements.
  • Medical History FormTo be completed by a physician in your home country and returned to UI Student Health Service at least one month before you arrive in the United States. The form is available in nine languages.
  • Immunization Record for International StudentsTo be completed by a physician in your home country and returned to UI Student Health Service at least one month before you arrive in the United States.
  • Students enrolled in health sciences curricula are required to have more extensive immunizations and will be contacted by their respective academic programs regarding those requirements.

Where & when to send the forms
All forms must be completed in English and submitted to Student Health & Wellness by fax at 319-335-7247 or by email at internationalforms@healthcare.uiowa.edu at least one month before your arrival in the United States.

You may want to have a dental, eye, and general physical examination before you depart for the United States, since these exams are probably less expensive in your country. If you wear eyeglasses, bring a prescription with you in case your lenses become lost or broken.

Health insurance
The United States does not have a national health insurance program. New international students are required to have Health Insurance for themselves and any dependents who accompany them to the United States.

Immunizations for schoolchildren
A written record—including the month, day, and year of the immunization, and the name of the physician or clinic where each immunization was given—is required. (Do not use the Immunization Record for International Students to document a child’s health records. Bring original documents from home.) Immunizations also are required for children who attend Iowa preschools and licensed day-care programs. It probably costs less to procure these immunizations in your home country.

Children in kindergarten through 12th grade must have:

  • Five doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine (DPT or DTaP) if born on or after September 15, 2003, with at least one dose given on or after the child’s fourth birthday; or four doses required if born before September 15, 2003, with at least one dose given on or after the child’s fourth birthday.
  • Four doses of polio vaccine (IPV) if born on or after September 15, 2003, with at least one dose given on or after four years of age; or three doses required if born before September, 2003, with at least one dose given on or after the child’s fourth birthday.
  • Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), with the first dose given on or after 12 months if age, and the second dose given no less than 28 days after the first dose.
  • Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine (HB) if born on or after July 1, 1994.
  • One dose of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine given on or after 12 months of age if born on or after September 15, 1997, but before September 15, 2003, unless the child has a reliable history of natural disease; or two doses on or after 12 months of age if born on or after September 15, 2003, unless the child has a reliable history of natural disease.