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Medical requirements for incoming international students

The following medical clearance requirements must be completed before you will be allowed to register for classes.


Tuberculosis (TB) screening: Entering international students are required to complete an online TB screening questionnaire to determine whether they must get a TB test. To complete the questionnaire:

  • Log in to the MyUHS portal using your UTEID and password.
  • Click "Medical Clearance".
  • Locate “TB Screening” on the page and click the “Update” button.
  • Answer the questions and submit your TB screening.
  • If a TB test is necessary, you will see the TB Test requirement added when you go back to Medical Clearances

For students entering summer or fall 2022, the test must be administered on or after March 1, 2022.

If you are required to get a TB test, provide the following documentation:

  • Results of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved IGRA blood test. If available in your country, UHS accepts results from either test listed below. You can get this test outside of the United States. Test name and test results MUST BE documented in English. Your name and date of birth must be included on the lab report you submit to UHS. If UHS has difficulty with English translation, interpretation of results or legibility of documents, you may be asked to repeat the test.
    Acceptable (FDA) approved tests:
    • QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT)
    • T-SPOT®.TB test (T-Spot)

OR

  • A PPD (Mantoux) skin test. This test can only be administered and interpreted in the United States and must be reported in millimeters (mm). PPDs administered outside of the U.S. cannot be accepted.

A chest x-ray is NOT ACCEPTABLE as a substitute for one of the following tests.

IF YOUR TB TEST IS POSITIVE: Further medical evaluation and a chest x-ray must be performed. You have the following two options:

1. If you obtain your CXR prior to coming to campus, you can submit the radiologist chest x-ray report (written in English) along with a TB risk and symptom screening.

To submit your Chest x-ray and TB risk and symptom form:

  • Log in to the MyUHS portal and click "Messages"
  • Click “New Message” and select “I want to submit my TB risk and symptom form”
  • Click “Add attachment”
  • Select your chest x-ray file and click “open”
  • Complete the questions in the TB risk and symptom form
  • Click ”Send”

2. You can have your chest x-ray done at UHS.

  • Schedule a telehealth visit with the TB provider at UHS (this is a video visit with a UHS provider using a Zoom connection)
  • You MUST be in TEXAS at the time of your telehealth appointment
  • Log in to the MyUHS portal and click “Appointment”
  • Follow the prompts
  • Select “I want to schedule a Tuberculosis test or follow up visit.”
  • Select “I tested positive for TB and want to schedule a Telehealth visit”
  • Schedule “Positive TB test consult w/ AIT provider”
  • Complete the pre-visit questionnaire

Proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella that is documented in ONE of the following ways:

  • Two doses of measles vaccine, two doses of mumps vaccine, administered on or after the first birthday and at least 28 days apart, and one dose of rubella vaccine administered on or after the first birthday

OR

  • two doses of MMR vaccine administered on or after the first birthday and at least 28 days apart

OR

  • positive blood tests showing protective antibodies to measles, mumps and rubella (must include official lab report).

Meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine requirement (if you will be age 21 or younger on the first official day of classes):

This requirement applies to you if you will be age 21 or younger on the first official class day of the semester you are entering UT Austin. The vaccine must have been administered within five years of the first day of classes of the semester you will enter UT Austin. Find official first class day dates at the link below. If you have received a meningococcal vaccine administered prior to the time described above, you must receive another dose of the vaccine.

Important information about the meningococcal vaccine requirement

 

Vaccine documentation

You may choose to use the Vaccine History for International Students form. This form is not mandatory but is available for your convenience or if you have difficulty getting vaccine records translated. Find links to other types of acceptable vaccine documents and how to submit your documents to UHS at the bottom of this page.

IMPORTANT: If you get a blood test (titer) to prove immunity to measles, mumps and/or rubella, you must also submit a copy of the official lab report even if the lab results are written on the TB and Vaccination History for International Students form.

If you are unable to travel to the United States due to COVID-19 restrictions, and will be taking classes online:

  • Log on to “MyUHS.” Scroll to the bottom and click “MyUHS”
  • Click “Messages,” then “New Messages”
  • Click "I want to Request to Defer Immunizations and/or TB Testing (for International Students Only)"
  • Complete and submit the form.

You will be informed if your request has been approved.

Getting vaccines and TB tests at UHS

If you have not received the required immunizations or TB test prior to arriving at UT, call 512-475-8301 to schedule an appointment to receive a TB test and/or required immunizations at UHS. Call as soon as you arrive in Austin.

Bring your passport or other photo ID when you come to your appointment.

UHS administers the IGRA tuberculosis blood test for entering international students. It will take two to five days to get your results.

If you have questions about medical clearance requirements

For questions regarding medical clearance requirements and medical bars (H bars), call the UHS Immunization Compliance department at 512-475-8301 or email imm@uhs.utexas.edu. In your email, provide your UT EID. Be as detailed as possible about your question or circumstance.

Additionally, please be aware that you must wait one business day following your admission decision to access the MyUHS patient portal.

Helpful Links

Acceptable vaccine documentation to meet requirements
How to submit your medical clearance documentation to UHS




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