Required Immunizations*

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 

MMR Two doses at least 28 days apart for students born after 1956. Dose One given at first birthday or later. Dose Two given 28 days after first dose or later.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)  Vaccine is not to be given in pregnancy or for those with a history of hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis to any components in the vaccine.  Student Health Services offers this vaccine for a fee.


The Meningitis vaccine (also known as MCV4, Menactra, Menveo). According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11-12 year olds should be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4, Menactra, Menveo). A booster dose should be given at or after the age of 16 years. For adolescents who receive the first dose at age 13 through 15 years, a one-time booster dose should be administered, preferably at age 16 through 18 years, before the peak in increased risk. Adolescents who receive their first dose of MCV4 at or after age 16 years do not need a booster dose. The Quadrivalent Vaccine (for Meningitis A,C,W,Y) is required for students at the College of Charleston, administered at or after the age of 16.

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person’s spinal cord and the fluid surrounding the brain.  Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.  A vaccine is available to protect against some strains of bacterial meningitis. This vaccine is available at Student Health Services for a fee. 

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDaP)

TDaP within the last 10 years is required for all students. 

SC STATE LAW SECTION 59-101-290. Notification of risk of contracting certain diseases if living on-campus.

(A) A public institution of higher learning shall notify incoming students, or the parent or guardian of an incoming student under the age of eighteen, of the risk of contracting meningococcal disease and Hepatitis B if living in on-campus student housing.

(B) A public institution of higher learning shall include vaccination against meningococcal disease and Hepatitis B as recommended immunization in health and medical information provided to students or prospective students and parents or guardians.

(C) A private institution of higher learning may elect to be governed by this section and at any time may, in its sole discretion, remove itself from such governance.

HISTORY: 2002 Act No. 317, Section 1.

Vaccine Information Sheets (VIS) for CofC Required Immunizations