Immunization Requirements

South Dakota Students

Under South Dakota law, students (born after 1956) who are entering a post-secondary institution in South Dakota for the first time after July 1, 2008, must submit, within 45 days after the start of classes, certification from a licensed physician that the student has received or is in the process of receiving the required two doses of immunization against measles, rubella, and mumps. As an alternative to the requirement for a physician's certification, the student may present: (1) Certification from a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the student would be such that immunization would endanger the student's life or health; (2) Certification from a licensed physician stating the student has experienced the natural disease against which the immunization protects; (3) Confirmation from a laboratory of the presence of adequate immunity; or (4) A written statement signed by the student that the student is an adherent to a religious doctrine whose teachings are opposed to such immunizations. If the student is under the age of 18, the written statement shall be signed by one parent or guardian. Please see an enrollment services advisor for further details.  (SDCL 13-53-47)