Dakota Wesleyan University requires all graduate and undergraduate students who were born after 1956, and who are taking six or more credit hours on the Mitchell, Huron and Sioux Falls sites, to present written confirmation from their family physician that the student has one of the following:
- documentation of two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine or one dose of MMR plus a second dose of measles vaccine, separated by a minimum of 30 days; or
- medical documentation of having had measles, mumps and rubella, or the presence of immune antibody titers; or
- written notice from the student's health care provider that he/she should not receive an MMR immunization at this time.
Students born after 1956 who are unable to comply with one of the above must be re-immunized.
Dakota Wesleyan University also requires each student to have a documented TB (Tuberculosis) Skin test done within the past year. If the student has had a positive TB skin test in the past, a copy of the most recent chest x-ray must be submitted with the physical.
Dakota Wesleyan University, in compliance with the American College Health Association and the South Dakota Department of Health, recommends that incoming students have the following vaccines:
- The series of three Hepatitis B vaccines. Mandatory for athletic trainers and nursing students.
- A Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine (for serogroups C, A, Y, and W-135).
- A Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination series if a student does not have a reliable history of proof of chickenpox.
- Immunization of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) booster every 10 years.
Diphtheria, and poliomyelitis should also be up to date.
These diseases are preventable. Ask your health care provider about receiving these vaccines.