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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 18:23

Immunizations for College

Has Your College Student Received all their Recommended Immunizations?


You’ve sent your young adult off to college – good job!  Getting them ready for college takes a lot of work and preparation.  Between applications, essays, campus visits, etc., it can be easy to forget some things.  One important detail that you can’t afford to miss is getting the appropriate college immunizations to keep your loved one healthy.  Vaccine-preventable diseases are still in existence in this country, and the combination of a large population within the confines of dormitory/classroom life provides an excellent opportunity for diseases to infect otherwise-healthy young adults.


All colleges in NYS have mandatory immunization requirements.  These include: 2 doses of measles, 1 dose of mumps, 1 dose of rubella, and either 1 dose of meningitis or a signed declination to the meningococcal vaccine.  Some colleges, and/or specific programs of study, have additional requirements, such as Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), Hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox). You needed to have these records submitted prior to your child’s entrance to college.  Even though some vaccines are not required, they are still important and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).


The meningitis vaccine is particularly important.  Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection of the bloodstream or meninges (a thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord) caused by the meningococcus germ. The meningococcus germ is easily spread by direct close contact with secretions of the nose or throat of an infected person. This deadly disease strikes unexpectedly, and can lead to severe complications, including death, often within 24 hours.  Why risk such a devastating disease when a single vaccination can prevent it?


Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is another very important vaccine for young adults.  HPV is a virus that causes cervical cancer in women and other genital and anal cancers in both women and men.  There is no cure for HPV.  Even if a person doesn’t have symptoms, he or she can pass the virus to someone else.  HPV infection is the most common STD in the U.S.  The HPV vaccine was recently improved to include coverage for an additional 5 types of HPV.  The vaccine is safe, effective, and is considered cancer-prevention.


You’ve sent your loved one off on the experience of a lifetime - do all you can to make it a healthy one.  If your teen has not received the meningitis or HPV vaccines, schedule their appointment today. Vaccines can be obtained from either your doctor’s office or Public Health.  For more information about immunizations, call Lewis County Public Health at 376-5453, or visit our website at