Immunizations & Flu Shots

The Student Health Center carries the following vaccines:

  • Tdap (Adacel) - $40
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD)- $10
  • Flu vaccine (available late Fall and early Spring)- $20

Flu shots are available for students, faculty, and staff.
Flu shots are offered Monday-Friday 8:30am - 12 Noon and 1pm- 5pm while supplies last. Cost of Flu Shot is $20

Other Resources:

  • Shelby County Health Department
    814 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis 38103
    (901) 222-7552
  • Shot Nurse
    4646 Poplar Avenue, Memphis 38117
    (901) 685-9999

College Immunization Requirement Policy

COVID-19 & Influenza Vaccination Requirement

Beginning in August 2021, Rhodes College will require that all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and Influenza and submit proof of vaccination to come to campus. Those who are not fully vaccinated and plan to be on campus for any reason must have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons.

For purposes of COVID-19 vaccination fully vaccinated requires fourteen days past a single-dose vaccine, or fourteen days past the second dose of a two-dose vaccine.  

If a student is not vaccinated for COVID-19 but has an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption, they will be expected to:

  • Maintain 3 feet of physical distance from others indoors and outdoors
  • wear a mask indoors at all times and wear a mask outdoors in crowded settings where 3 feet of physical distancing is not consistently possible.
  • take a weekly COVID-19 test.
  • self-certify on a daily basis that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact with a COVID-positive person in the past 14 days.

Students must submit proof of vaccination through the college’s COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Form via Medicat.

To apply for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption, students must submit documentation to Student Accessibility Services that includes the following:

  • For medical exemptions, submit a letter from a licensed medical provider indicating that because of your individual risk factors they recommend that you not be vaccinated for COVID-19 at this time.
  • For religious exemptions, submit a letter stating that you practice a religion that does not allow its practitioners to receive any of the currently available COVID vaccination on religious grounds.

All requests for exemption must be reviewed and approved before students are able to come to campus. For students, medical exemption requests will be reviewed by student accessibility services or the dean of student’s office. All exemptions where denial is recommended will also be reviewed by one or more members of the president’s cabinet.

Tennessee Department of Health Requirements

The Tennessee Department of Health has immunization requirements for those who attend college. The requirements can be found in the Tennessee Department of Health Rules.

The state’s immunization requirements follow the current schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  A brief summary of the required immunizations for colleges is listed in the TN Immunization Requirements Summary Table.

Full-time Tennessee college students are required to submit records for the following vaccines:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, normally given together as MMR): if born on or after January 1, 1957 only.
  • Varicella (2 doses or credible history of disease): if born on or after January 1, 1980 only. 
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) – only for health science students expected to have patient contact (before patient contact begins).
  • Meningococcal - At a minimum of 1 dose given at 16 years of age or greater if enrolling in public institution for the first time and under 22 years of age and living in on-campus housing; private institutions set their own requirements for this vaccine. 

Tennessee follows published CDC guidelines. For vaccines with critical minimum age requirements (e.g., MMR, varicella) or minimum dose intervals, doses are considered valid if given up to 4 days before the minimum age or dose interval.  Doses administered more than 4 days early are considered invalid and should be repeated as recommended.

A positive serology (year of test documented) is acceptable as an alternative to immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or varicella.  For varicella, documentation of provider diagnosed varicella or provider-verified credible history of disease given by a parent or guardian also is acceptable. By documenting a history of disease, the provider is asserting that he or she is convinced that the child has had chickenpox.

All students should review the information at Tennessee Department of Health, College Immunizations.