Vaccinations & TB Screening

College Health & Vaccination Requirements

Mills College does not require entering students to complete a physical exam or to provide proof of specific vaccination coverage. But it is a good idea to get a health check-up before starting college (especially for students of traditional college age) and to have access to your health records and any vaccination records. We recommend that all students—and particularly those of traditional college age—be current on all vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. In particular, we encourage residential students to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. And we encourage all students to get an annual flu vaccination. We hold flu vaccine clinics in October each year to enhance access to this important health prevention strategy.

Recommended Vaccinations

Although Mills has no requirements for students regarding immunization, the California Department of Public Health recommends these vaccinations by age 18 for college students:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)—2 doses
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)—2 doses
  • Hepatitis B—3 doses
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)—3 doses
  • Meningococcal—1 dose at age 16 or older

Annual Flu Vaccine: Mills College also recommends that students get immunized each year for seasonal flu and H1N1—a combined vaccine.  Mills offers on-campus flu shot clinics in October each year.  Find out more about prevention and management of the flu.

Entering students are encouraged to complete the recommended vaccinations (except for seasonal flu vaccine) before starting their studies at Mills College. If you wait until you arrive at Mills, you have several options. The student health center on campus opens the Monday before classes begin and offers immunizations and TB screening among other services. Most office visits are free. Some fees may apply for immunizations, procedures, and labs. See more information about the Vera Whole Health Center—including a fee schedule. Otherwise, students may find immunizations and other services at sliding-fee scale at public health and community health centers in Alameda County.

About TB Screening: TB skin tests are done by the nurse at the student health center. You may walk in to CPM 117 for a visit between 9:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00 pm–5:00 pm on weekdays. You must return 48 hours later to have the skin test read by the nurse. Therefore, do not drop by for a TB Skin test or attempt to schedule one on a Thursday or Friday (because the student health center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays).

Please note that the TB skin test and follow-up visit to read the test are services offered only to students. Mills staff and faculty members who require this service must utilize their personal physician, health center, or a public health clinic in the community.