In an effort to protect the students, faculty, and staff of all Louisiana schools, the Louisiana Legislature in regular session, 1990 passed ACT No. 1047 which amended and re-enacted R.S.17:170, relative to immunization of persons attending schools.
Louisiana law now requires immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus-diphtheria and meningitis for all first-time ULM students born after 1956. First-time students will not be permitted to register until they complete and return a Proof of Immunization and Compliance Form.
The following guidance is presented for the purpose of implementing the requirements of Louisiana R.S. 17:170 and of meeting the established recommendation for control of vaccine-preventable diseases as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the United States Public Health Service, and the American College Health Association. REQUIREMENT: Two (2) doses of measles vaccine; at least one (1) dose each of rubella and mumps vaccine; a tetanus-diphtheria booster within the last 10 years and one (1) dose of meningococccal vaccine. Measles Requirement: Two (2) doses of live vaccine given at any age, except that the vaccine must have been given on or after the first birthday, in 1968 or later, and without immune globulin. A second dose of measles vaccine must meet this same requirement, but should not have been given within 30 days of the first dose. A history of physician diagnosed measles is acceptable for establishing immunity.
Tetanus-Diphtheria Requirement: A booster dose of vaccine given within the past ten (10) years.
Louisiana R.S. 17:170 provides that no person seeking to enter any school shall be required to comply with these provisions if the student or his parent or guardian submits either a written statement from a physician stating the procedure is contraindicated for medical reasons, or a written dissent from the student or his parent or guardian is presented. (Waiver)
In the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease at the location of an educational institution or facility, the administrators of that institution or facility are empowered, upon the recommendation of the Office of Public Health, to exclude from attendance unimmunized students and clients until the outbreak is declared over by the public health officials. For more information contact the Student Health Center at (318) 342-5238.