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HUHS Health Information Services/Medical Records
Please upload your information to the Patient Portal as soon as possible, as we need to process information for thousands of students. You will need to provide all of your information and be in compliance with Massachusetts and Harvard University regulations prior to your School's registration deadline. Registration holds are placed on students who are not in compliance.
You will need to activate your HarvardKey in order to access the HUHS Patient Portal. For more information about how to claim your HarvardKey, and when it will be available, please visit key.harvard.edu. You will receive your HarvardKey from your program, not HUHS. Please contact your program regarding issues obtaining a HarvardKey. Once you have your HarvardKey, login to huhs.harvard.edu/patient-portal.
If you are a graduate student, you may be able to contact your undergraduate program’s health services to obtain a copy of your immunization history.
Students who have no immunization records can create an immunization record while a student at Harvard University. If you have no records you will need to obtain all necessary vaccines or blood tests (titers) to measure your immunity to the following required immunizations: Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella (Chicken Pox). Please note that if your results show that you do not have immunity, you will be required to obtain the immunizations. The following immunizations are not able to be tested for immunity and would need to be obtained prior to your registration date: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal.
You will need to obtain the required immunization.
Harvard University requires that the first shot in a series must be complete prior to the first semester for which a student is registered. The remaining immunizations must be completed prior to registration for the second semester.
Your physician can complete the HUHS Immunization History Form and note a history of chicken pox. You can also have a blood test (titer) to prove immunity. Please note that if your results show that you do not have immunity, you will be required to obtain the immunizations.
Forms should be uploaded to our Patient Portal. Please note, you will need to activate your HarvardKey in order to access the Patient Portal. For more information about how to claim your HarvardKey, and when it will be available, please visit key.harvard.edu. You will receive your HarvardKey from your program, not HUHS. Please contact your program regarding issues obtaining a HarvardKey.
Uploading forms is the preferred method; however, if you are unable to upload your forms to the portal, you may submit via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), mail, or fax (select only ONE way).
When you arrive at Harvard you can contact HUHS to make an appointment. If appointments are not available, you will be provided with a listing of local clinics to make an appointment to obtain the vaccine. Please be aware that the formulation for this immunization must contain Pertussis—some students obtain a vaccine with Polio vs. Pertussis and must be immunized again.
At this time, regulations for the State of Massachusetts recommend one TDAP in a lifetime and TD every ten years. As a private institution, we can require immunizations ahead of the state making a regulatory requirement. Due to previous outbreaks of Pertussis on campus, HUHS believes that there is evidence that it is in the best interest of the University and the overall public health that students should have more recent Pertussis immunization protection.
In the case of countries that do not provide the TDAP immunization, students can receive the TDAP here on campus at the Fall Semester immunization clinics at the end of August.
HUHS will be able to review your prior records. If requirements have changed, you will need to obtain additional immunizations.
No only students matriculating at Harvard University are requested to submit an immunization history.
Yes, as long as the information you are sending is official we will accept it. Examples of other documentation include records from your primary care physician's office, printouts from another patient portal, records from another school you attended. Please note that forms must be in English, contain full dates for each immunization (i.e. month, date, year), be certified by a health care provider or medical records official, and must demonstrate compliance with Massachusetts and Harvard University regulations.
No. Massachusetts regulations require that a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or school official sign the form.
You can log into the Patient Portal to check your immunization status on the Immunization Tab. Please allow several weeks for processing of your information before checking your status in the Patient Portal.
In order for clinicians at HUHS to provide you with care while you are student, a physical exam from your current provider is requested.
The only circumstances under which a student may be exempted from the Massachusetts Immunization Law are as follows:
If you are claiming vaccine exemption, complete the Student Vaccine Exemption Form. Medical exemption requires the completed Student Vaccine Exemption Form in addition to your medical provider’s letter stating your need for exemption. Meningitis exemption requires the Massachusetts Waiver for Meningococcal Vaccination Requirement Form in addition to the Student Vaccine Exemption Form. Religious exemption requires completion of the Student Vaccine Exemption Form.