Health Records and Immunizations
All full-time (first year and transfer) students are required to complete the following forms on the Lake Forest Student Health Patient Portal:
- Medical History Form
- Immunization History Form – A signed/stamped copy of your immunization records must be uploaded into the portal for dates to be verified.
- COVID-19 Vaccination Form (including both a primary series and a booster)
- Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire
- Consent to Treat Form (if under the age of 18 prior to the start of semester)
The deadline to complete all required forms with vaccination proof into the Lake Forest Student Health Patient Portal is January 15th for spring semester start and July 15th for fall semester start. If forms are not submitted by the deadline, students not in compliance with the immunization requirements during their first term of attendance are restricted from registering for subsequent terms until compliance is obtained. Additionally, if forms are not submitted by January 15 for spring semester start or by July 15 for fall semester start, students may be subject to a late fee of $100.
The following vaccines are required of every college student by the State of Illinois:
- 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) on or after the student’s first birthday.
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate (MenACYW) on or after the student's 16th birthday.
- NOTE: Students who will be 22 or older at the time of matriculation are exempt from this vaccine requirement.
- A combination of 3 doses of DTP, DTaP, Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) with the last dose administered within the last 10 years.
- NOTE: We do not accept Td as a form of Tdap because Td does not include pertussis.
- For medical exemption requests: Please ask your treating medical provider to write and sign a letter (on official letterhead) indicating the nature and probable duration of the medical condition(s) and/or circumstance(s) that contraindicate a vaccination(s).
- For religious exemption requests: Please fill out the religious exemption certificate.
All exemptions requests should be submitted by July 15 for fall semester or by January 15 for spring semester. Submissions should be made as a PDF on the student health portal via “Document Upload.” Please note, the portal is confidential and only member of the Health & Wellness Center Staff can view the portal.
It is important to note that exemption from immunization may result in quarantine of non-immunized students off grounds in the event of a contagious disease outbreak. Lake Forest College reserves the right to deny non-immunized students access to campus or other College facilities in the case of an outbreak. The length of time a student is excluded from school will vary depending on the type of disease and the circumstances surrounding the outbreak and could range from several days to over a month.
To support the goal of learning, living, teaching, and working together, all students (residential and commuter) are required to meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement in order to participate in the 2022-2023 academic year. This step is necessary to protect the health and safety of our community and will allow us to relax some of the precautions that constrained the campus experience previously.
New students must be “up to date” by the time they arrive, which means you are up to date when you get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The updated vaccines are called “updated” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. Two COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, have developed updated COVID-19 vaccines.
Students who live in countries with no access to a vaccine should email firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1 spring semester start or Aug 1st for Fall semester start to communicate plans for receiving the vaccine after arrival to campus.
Proof of the COVID-19 vaccination should be submitted on the Lake Forest College Student Health Portal.
COVID-19 Vaccination Exemptions
If a student is requesting either a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination, please see the Immunization Exemptions above.
In the event of noncompliance and withdrawal, readmission will not be granted until the Medical History and Immunization Record has been properly executed. If a student leaves the College and returns after a period of one year has elapsed, the Health History Report must be updated by reporting to Health Services for reevaluation. The record is considered a permanent Health Services file. When a student leaves the College – graduated, transferred, withdrawn – the record will be kept for no fewer than five years. The record is confidential, and information will only be released with the written permission of the student.
Prior to arrival on campus, all incoming students must complete the tuberculosis (TB) screening questionnaire. Based on the screening questionnaire, a TB test may be required. If a TB test is required, the following form should be used: Tuberculosis Testing Record. Completed testing records can be submitted as a PDF on the student health portal via “Document Upload.”
The test should be done no earlier than 6 months prior to arrival to campus and prior to registration for second semester. While it is recommended that students complete the TB test prior to arrival to campus, the test may be done at the Health & Wellness Center at no cost to the student. Please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
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Parent/Guardian Consent to Treat a Minor
We require Parental or Guardian Consent to treat any student who is under the age of 18. The purpose of the consent is to allow for: 1) The sharing/exchange of relevant medical information between Lake Forest College representatives (officials, faculty, staff), Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center, and, for the purpose of diagnosis and/or treatment, other medical providers. Each of the above individuals or entities is also authorized to communicate and discuss health matters with the parents/guardians/emergency contacts of my minor child. 2)The transportation of my minor child, under appropriate circumstances, to area hospitals for diagnosis and treatment. 3.) The provision, by Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center, of such diagnostic, therapeutic, voluntary immunization, and operative procedures as may be deemed necessary for my minor child. The consent form can be uploaded to the Lake Forest Student Health Patient Portal.
Tuberculosis Testing Record
Consent to Treat a Minor
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