Healthcare Services

Immunizations

Immunization Requirements

By direction of the California State University Chancellor, immunization for or immunity to Measles(Rubeola) and German Measles (Rubella) is required for all students born after 1/1/57, while immunization for or immunity to Hepatitis B is required for all first-time freshmen 18 or younger. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of three shots and takes six months to complete.

Students enrolled in a California public middle school or high school after July 1, 1999 will have satisfied this requirement. If a student was not enrolled in a California public middle school or high school after July 1,1999 the requirement for verification/immunization for Measles and Rubella must be fulfilled by the end of a student's first semester. Verification/ immunization of Hepatitis B must be completed before the end of a student's second semester.

To fulfill the requirement a student must bring written proof of immunization from a doctor, clinic or school transcript to the Klotz Student Health Center. If written proof is not available, students can receive the immunization(s) at the health center. Students who cannot take the vaccination for religious, personal or medical reasons must sign a waiver.

NOTE: Students will be unable to register for classes until each requirement is met. Log into the web portal to check the status of a hold.


Proof of Immunization or Immunity

If you were not enrolled in a California public school for the seventh grade or above after July 1, 1999, you must provide proof of immunization or immunity to Measles, Rubella, and Hepatitis B, as per the Chancellor's mandate.

NOTE: Students will be unable to register for classes until each requirement is met. Log into the web portal to check the status of a hold.

Measles (Rubeola) & German Measles (Rubella)

By mandate of the Chancellor, all new and re-admitted students born after January 1, 1957 must provide proof of immunity to Measles(Rubeola) and German Measles (Rubella). If you do not complete this requirement by the end of your first semester, you will not be able to register for classes! Please follow the instructions below or for more information, call 818-677-3666, and select the prompt for immunization information.

Proof can be provided in the form of:

  • Documentation signed by a physician or nurse stating either that you received the two vaccines or stating you've had the diseases
  • Laboratory evidence showing immunity to both Measles and Rubella
  • High School transcript confirming vaccination

If you cannot provide proof in one of these forms you may either get the immunization(s) or get a blood test to see if you have antibodies to Measles and Rubella. Both services are available at the Klotz Student Health Center.

The requirement will be fulfilled only when you complete one of the following:

  • Fill out the CSU Immunization Record. Bring this form and proof of immunization to the Klotz Student Health Center.
  • Fax documentation along with your Student ID number, current address and phone number to: (818) 677-2304, Attention: Health Information Management.
  • Sign a waiver stating that you cannot get the immunization for religious or medical reasons.
  • Mail documentation along with your Student ID number, current address and phone number to:

California State University, Northridge

Klotz Student Health Center
Attn: Health Information Management
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8270

Hepatitis B

By mandate of the California State University Chancellor, all students 18 or younger at time of first enrollment must provide proof of immunity to Hepatitis B. If you do not complete this requirement by the end of your second semester, you will not be able to register for classes.

Proof can be provided in the form of:

  • Documentation signed by a physician or nurse stating either you received the series three vaccines (must indicate dates of all three immunizations) or stating you've had the diseases
  • Laboratory evidence showing immunity to Hepatitis B
  • Certified High School transcript confirming vaccination

If you cannot provide proof in one of these forms you may get the immunization(s) or get a blood test to see if you have the antibodies to Hepatitis B. Both services are available at the Klotz Student Health Center.

The requirement will be fulfilled only when you complete one of the following:

  • Fill out a CSU Immunization Record. Bring this form and proof of immunization to the Klotz Student Health Center.
  • Fax documentation along with your Student ID number, current address and phone number to: (818) 677-2304 Attention: Health Information Management.
  • Sign a waiver stating that you cannot get the immunization for religious or medical reasons.
  • Mail documentation along with your Student ID number, current address and phone number to:

California State University, Northridge

Klotz Student Health Center
Attn: Health Information Management
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8270

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Influenza (Flu)

Colds and influenza (flu) are both caused by viruses-but not the same ones. Colds are usually caused by rhino (nose) viruses. The flu is usually caused by influenza viruses. The viruses spread from one person to another in respiratory droplets (such as from coughing and sneezing). Crowded environments like classrooms and living areas can increase your risk of catching a cold or the flu.

The symptoms of colds and flu may be similar. However, cold symptoms are usually milder.

Symptoms Colds Flu
Fever Less common, milder Common
Muscle Aches Mild, infrequent Very common
Fatigue Mild, brief Can be severe
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea Uncommon More likely with flu
Congestion, runny nose, sore throat More common with colds Sore throat and/or chest congestion are more common than runny nose.

Check with your health care provider if you have questions about your symptoms, or if your symptoms are getting worse or not getting better. If your symptoms are severe or persistent, or if you have dehydration, difficulty breathing, or chronic health conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, you should see your health care provider.

Antibiotics do not work with viruses, and there are no antiviral medicines that can cure a cold. To help prevent colds, avoid close contact with people who are contagious and wash your hands frequently. Avoid sharing eating utensils, bottles, and cups. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and dispose of the tissue in a trash can.

If you are exposed to someone with influenza, antiviral medicines may possibly prevent your catching or, if given within the first 48 hours of illness, reduce the symptoms of flu. Please see your health care provider for advice. If you do get sick, the Klotz Student Health Center Pharmacy has many medicines that can help you feel better. These medicines include fever-fighters and decongestants, and are available without a prescription at low cost.

Theses suggestions may also help protect you from the flu, but another way to protect yourself is to get a flu vaccine each year. Check with your health care provider to see if the influenza vaccine is good for you.

Flu Shots

Flu shots re available seasonally (usually available early to mid-October) for students, faculty, and staff. Information on current vaccine supply and prioritization recommendations is available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): The Klotz Student Health Center supports the CDC's recommendations.

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Meningococcal Disease

Because college students, especially freshmen living in student housing, are at increased risk for meningococcal disease, the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that colleges raise awareness about the disease and the benefits of immunization. In an effort to better serve you, the Klotz Student Health Center would like to provide you with the following information about meningococcal disease and its prevention with the meningitis vaccine.

Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacterium N. meningitides and is a leading cause of meningitis and blood-borne infection among teens and young adults. Approximately one in five victims dies despite antibiotic treatment, often within the first 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. The disease spreads through the air through respiratory secretions as well as by direct contact with a carrier by kissing, sharing drinking glasses, etc.

College students are at higher risk. Studies have shown that crowded living conditions, a geographically diverse student population, radiator heat, active and passive smoking, bar patronage, and alcohol consumption increase the risk of getting meningococcal disease. The incidence of invasive meningococcal infection is three times greater for students living on campus than those living off campus. Students living in dormitories were at least nine times more likely to get meningococcal disease than those not living in dorms.

Over 3,000 cases occur per year in the U.S., and are caused by various subgroups of the N. meningitides bacterium such as C, Y, B, A, W-135 Entering college students, particularly those living in residence halls and group housing, are advised to strongly consider getting a dose of Meningococcal vaccine. The vaccine, which is usually effective for three to five years, protects against the A, C, Y, and W-135 strains of N. meningitides.

The vaccine is available at the Klotz Student Health Center. For more information, visit the American College Health Association's "Meningitis on Campus" website.

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Mumps

Mumps is a viral infection that is considered relatively rare in the United States due to high vaccination rates that prevent the disease. However, there have recently been several outbreaks of mumps primarily located in the Midwestern states. To date, there have been no reported outbreaks of mumps at California State University, Northridge or in the immediate area.

Vaccination for mumps is not specifically required by the California State University. As part of the university's admission requirements, Cal State Northridge students must provide proof of having received Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, provide proof of immunity to measles and rubella, or receive a medical or religious waiver. Most people who have been vaccinated for measles and rubella have received the MMR vaccine which also vaccinates for mumps. The Klotz Student Health Center recommends students, staff and faculty who are unsure of their immunization status, review their immunization records with their health care provider. For more information, please visit the following web sites:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide extensive information on mumps. The American College Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued a joint statement on the mumps outbreak.

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