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Required & Recommended Immunizations


Hepatitis B

California state law requires first time enrollees at the University of California who are younger than nineteen years old on the first dayof classes to provide proof of immunity to Hepatitis B prior to enrollment. Students must certify the status of their Hepatitis B immunity online.

Most students who completed high school in California have completed the 3 shot series. If your student is unsure about immunity, do not start the series over as a simple blood test can determine immunity (titer). Additionally, many high schools keep the information on file and physicians’ offices should have records.

If your student has not received all three of the Hepatitis B shots, encourage him or her to complete the series before arriving at UCSB. If this is not possible, students may go to Student Health Service to receive the vaccine. Charges are billed to your student’s BARC account.

Immunizations & Immunization Records

National attention to recent outbreaks of serious communicable diseases has raised the level of concern about proper immunization and the role that this plays in protecting the public health. In 2015, the UC Office of the President announced the plan to require specific vaccinations for incoming students. and this requirement is now in effect on UC campuses. The Student Health Services website provides detailed information on how to complete your immunization requirements. Continuing students are welcome to make an appointment at Student Health if they would like their immunizations records reviewed for any deficiencies, and Gaucho Student Health Insurance (GHI) covers all recommended immunizations.

Please visit the Student Health website for the complete suggested immunization checklist for UCSB students.

Meningitis and the Meningitis Vaccine

Meningitis is an inflammation of the linings of the brain and spinal cord caused by either viruses or bacteria. Viral meningitis is more common than bacterial meningitis and usually occurs in late spring and summer. Signs and symptoms of viral meningitis may include stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, and rash. Most cases of viral meningitis run a short, uneventful course. Since the causative agent is a virus, antibiotics are not effective. Persons who have had contact with an individual with viral meningitis do not require any treatment. Bacterial meningitis occurs rarely and sporadically throughout the year although outbreaks tend to occur in late winter and early spring. Because this type of meningitis can cause grave illness and rapidly progresses to death, it requires early diagnosis and treatment. We offer the vaccine at Student Health and strongly recommend getting it either on campus or prior to coming to UCSB.

MenB Vaccine now available at UCSB Student Health

UCSB Student Health now has available both newly approved vaccines for meningococcal serogroup B disease (called Trumenba® or Bexsero®) for all students aged 10-25 years old. UCSB Student Health strongly recommends these vaccines for all students, and particularly for any student living in residence halls or socializing in groups including sports teams, fraternities and sororities. UCSB had four cases of this potentially deadly disease in November 2013, without any additional cases since then. 

For students that received the first dose of Bexsero® during the MenB Vaccine campaign at UCSB in early 2014, but failed to return for the second and final dose, they may now come to Student Health to receive the final dose for full protection. Insurance coverage will depend on the individual student’s benefit plan.

For more details, please see UCSB Student Health's meningitis FAQ.