UNM SHAC Recommendations for Prematriculation Immunizations

Immunizations Required for Health Sciences Center and Other Clinical Programs and Other Related Information

Tuberculosis Screening and Testing

UNM SHAC Recommendations for Prematriculation Immunizations

Based on the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations 1

UNM SHAC strongly supports the use of immunizations to protect the health of our student population.

SHAC recommendations are broken down into several categories. Category A and A1 vaccines take priority because the diseases they protect against are highly contagious and have the potential to cause severe illness.

Please note that many students may have received some or all of the recommended vaccines listed below.  It is important to therefore keep a record of all previous vaccinations.  In the state of New Mexico all students attending public school are required to have certain vaccines in order to attend school.  This is true for many states throughout the country.  We suggest that UNM students locate and keep record of all previous vaccines that they have received as well as maintain records of all the other vaccines they will receive throughout their lives.

Finding Vaccine Records

SHAC suggests students without current vaccine records request them from the following people/places:

  1. Parent or guardian (many parents or guardians keep a childhood vaccine book for their child)
  2. Primary Care Provider (PCP) or Pediatrician
  3. High school (school nurses often keep record, especially for states that mandate vaccines for all public school students)
  4. State Immunization Registry (e.g., New Mexico uses a statewide immunization information system called NMSIIS)

Questions About SHAC’s Vaccine Recommendations

Students who have questions about vaccine recommendations or who would like to have their records reviewed by a SHAC provider are encouraged to do the following:

  1. For questions about immunizations, please call the SHAC Allergy and Immunization office to speak with a Registered Nurse (RN). 505-277-7925

  2. For an appointment to have immunization records reviewed or to make an appointment for vaccine administration, please call SHAC Reception to schedule an appointment with the Allergy and Immunization clinic.  505-277-3136

Category A (Priority)

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

Meningococcal (Men serogroups A, C, W and Y)

Varicella (Var)

Category B

Hepatitis B (HepB)

Hepatitis A (HepA)

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Category C
(indicated under special conditions)

Pneumococcal (Conjugate and Polysaccharide)

Meningococcal (serogroup B)


Category A1

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)


 Category D (Vaccines that are region-specific to International Travel)


Yellow Fever

Japanese Encephalitis


Please see Detailed Vaccine Recommendations.

Tuberculosis Screening and Testing

UNM SHAC strongly supports the use of Tuberculosis screening of all incoming students (and testing where indicated) as a strategy for controlling and preventing infection in the college population. SHAC follows recommendations and guidelines provided by the American College Health Association (ACHA). 2

Incoming students should answer the questions in the TB Screening Questionnaire.

If any answer on the TB Screening Questionnaire is “yes,” SHAC recommends that these students make an appointment with the SHAC Allergy and Immunization clinic. 

  1. To make an appointment call, 505-277-3136, and ask for an Allergy and Immunization appointment for TB testing.

  2. To speak with a Registered Nurse (RN) about TB screening and testing, please call the Allergy and Immunization clinic directly, 505-277-7925

 *Please note that HSC and Clinical Students have different requirements.  Click here for the HSC page.

Allergy & Immunization Clinic Hours

    • Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM (Last appointment at 4:30 PM)
    • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Last appointment at 4:30 PM)
    • SHAC is closed on all official UNM holidays (and campus closures due to weather/unforeseen circumstances). See also SHAC Hours of Operation.

To schedule an appointment, call the Reception Area at (505) 277-3136. See also Allergy & Immunization Services.

Note: SHAC offers an International Travel Clinic for all students, staff and faculty (and their adult family members). If you or your department are planning to travel abroad, the SHAC staff would like to be of assistance. We can help you with your travel health planning and immunizations. Click on the link above for more information.

SHAC Allergy & Immunization Phone: (505) 277-7925

1 American College Health Association (ACHA) (April 2016). Recommendations for Institutional Prematriculation Immunizations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  MMWR (28 January 2011). General Recommendations on Immunization CDC ACIP Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule United States 2016

2 American College Health Association (ACHA) (April 2014).  Tuberculosis Screening and Targeted Testing of College and University Students