Immunizations

Chicken Pox

Effective July 1, 2011, Volunteer State Community College is required by Tennessee state law to obtain proof of receipt of two doses of the Varicella vaccine, from all new full-time students prior to the first day of classes of students' initial semester of enrollment. Proof may be shown by immunization records, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of the varicella disease that has been documented from a health practitioner.

It is important to note that diagnoses can be in the form of a note, signed and dated, by a health care provider. The health care provider need NOT be the provider who originally treated the disease.

Immunization Documentation Form

Students who are registering for less than full-time (less than 12 credit hours) are not required to provide proof of the immunization.

Exemptions

  • This applies only to new, full time students. Currently enrolled students are exempt.
  • Students born before January 1, 1980 are exempt.
  • If you have graduated from a TN High School between 1999 and May, 2016 it can be presumed that you've had one dose of the Varicella vaccine.

Temporary exemptions

  • Students who are pregnant may be exempt from vaccination on a term-by-term basis with written proof from a physician.
  • Students who are breast-feeding may be exempt from vaccination on a term-by-term basis with written proof from a physician.
  • Students who have received the first varicella vaccination within thirty (30) days of the first day of classes of student's initial semester of enrollment may be exempt from the second vaccination for one term with written proof from a physician.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Volunteer State Community College is required by Tennessee state law to obtain proof of receipt of two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella ("MMR") vaccine from all full-time students prior to the first day of classes of students' initial semester of enrollment. The MMR vaccine doses must have been administered on or after a student's first birthday.

It is important to note that diagnoses can be in the form of a note, signed and dated, by a health care provider. The health care provider need NOT be the provider who originally treated the disease.

Students who are registering for less than full-time (less than 12 credit hours) are not required to provide proof of MMR immunization.

Exemptions for Both MMR shots

  • Students born prior to January 1, 1957
  • Students who provide a signed written statement, affirmed under penalty of perjury, that their religious tenets and practices prohibit their receipt of any type of immunization
    (Note: A parent or guardian must sign the statement if a student is under the age of eighteen (18) years)
  • Students with written documentation from a physician certifying that they are allergic to the MMR vaccine
  • Students with written documentation from a physician attesting that they have a diagnosed case of measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Students with written documentation of their laboratory confirmed immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella

Temporary exemptions

  • Students who are pregnant may be exempt from vaccination on a term-by-term basis with written proof from a physician.
  • Students who are breast-feeding may be exempt from vaccination on a term-by-term basis with written proof from a physician.
  • Students who have received the first MMR vaccination within thirty (30) days of the first day of classes of student's initial semester of enrollment may be exempt from the second vaccination for one term with written proof from a physician.

Hepatitis B Immunization

All applicants must complete and submit to the Office of Admissions the Hepatitis B Immunization Health History form. Applicants are not required to complete the shot series. For those students who have reached the age of 18, this form can be completed online at the time of registration. Students under the age of 18 must submit the form to the Office of Admissions with a parent or legal guardian's signature prior to registering for classes.

How to find your immunization records

  • Check with parents/guardians to obtain childhood immunization records.
  • Check with the different schools you attended.
  • Check with physician or health department where you obtained your immunizations.

If you cannot find any of your immunization records

  • Contact your family physician. Be sure to take the immunization form(s) with you. Some physicians refuse to administer the MMR and/or the Varicella vaccination to those over 18 without a reason. The form confirms the requirements necessary to enroll in college. Most insurances do not cover the adult immunizations.
  • Contact your local health department to see if they offer the immunizations. You will need to make an appointment. Identify your need for an MMR and/or Varicella vaccination and ask what the charge will be. In some cases, they may need to order the vaccine.
  • The CVS MinuteClinics offer the MMR. Visit http://www.minuteclinic.com/ for more information.
  • The Little Clinic (Kroger Marketplace at Station Camp) offers the MMR.
  • Sumner Regional Corporate Health Office offers the MMR. (no appointment needed)
  • A Titer test for Rubella, Rubeola and Mumps will prove immunity. This is a blood test that can be performed in your doctor's office, walk in clinics, etc.
  • Fairvue Primary Care (Across the street from the college) offers a discounted rate to our students for the Varicella blood titer. The cost is $32 to students. Originally, the cost would be $107.
  • Fairvue Primary Care will charge $86 for the adult varicella vaccination.
  • The Sumner County Health Department (at this time) does not offer the vaccination but does offer the titer.

For further assistance

If you have additional questions about providing proof of your immunization status, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@volstate.edu or (615) 230 - 3688.

Public Health Department Phone Numbers

County Address Phone Number
Allen County Kentucky 207 E. Locust Street
Scottsville, KY 42164
(270) 237-4423
Davidson (Lentz) 311 23rd Ave N
Nashville, TN
(615) 340-5667
Davidson (Madison) 1015 East Trinity Lane
Madison, TN 37115
(615) 862 -7916
Cheatham 162 County Service Road
Ashland City
(615) 792-4318
Clarksville-Montgomery 330 Pageant
Clarksville, TN
(931) 648-5747
Clay 115 Guffey Street
Celina, TN 38551
(931) 243-2651
Dekalb 254 Allen Ferry Road
Smithville
(615) 597-7590
Jackson 744 School Drive
Gainsboro, TN 38562
(931) 268-0218
Macon 601 Highway 52 Bypass E
Lafayette, TN
(615) 666-2142
Putnam 121 S Dixie
Cookeville
(931) 528-2531
Overton 1080 Bradford Hicks Dr.
Livingston, TN 38570
(931) 823-6260
Robertson 800 S. Brown Street
Springfield, TN 37172
(615) 384-4504
Rutherford 303 N. Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 898-7785
Smith 303 High Street N
Carthage, TN 37030
(615) 735-0242
Sumner 1005 Union School Road
Gallatin
(615) 206-1100
Sumner 351 New Shackle Island
Hendersonville
(615) 824-0552
Trousdale 541 E. Main Street
Hartsville, TN
(615) 374-2112
Warren County Kentucky 1109 State Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 781-8039
White 135 Walker Street
Sparta, TN 38583
(931) 836-2201
Williamson County 1324 West Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 790-5967
Williamson County 2629 Fairview Blvd
Fairview, TN 37062
(615) 799-2389
Wilson 927 E Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-5325