Penn State is taking shots seriously.
On Tuesday, the university announced that it will start placing registration holds on students who haven’t complied with vaccination requirements.
That means students won’t be able to sign up for spring classes until Penn State has proof that they have all their immunizations.
The university began letting students know about a streamlined process for compliance in February. The new system allowed for a form to be both downloaded and uploaded online at the University Health Services website.
Penn State students are required to have immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella, and if they are living in the dorms, meningitis. The requirement applies to all students at all campuses with the exception of Penn State Great Valley, which provides graduate professional studies, and the World Campus, where students take classes online.
Students can submit separate waiver forms for the MMR and meningitis vaccines if they have medical or religious reasons.
Penn State faced an outbreak of mumps in the spring 2017 semester. As of April, 77 infections were reported.
In July, the state Department of Health reported possible measles exposure at the HUB-Robeson Center and two downtown State College locations. No campus infections were reported.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 119 cases were reported in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and Sept. 9 in 15 states including Pennsylvania. The majority of those infected were unvaccinated.