Vaccines


Vaccines are extremely important to your own health and the health of people around you. Even as an adult there are vaccines that you need to have.

Young Adults

What are Vaccines?

Vaccines help to improve the health of our communities. They prevent people from getting sick and stop the spread of disease. People who are not immunized are left at risk for illness and spreading disease to others who cannot be vaccinated themselves. Vaccines are very safe and effective.

Vaccination Myths

Vaccines cause autism.

  • Scientific studies and reviews have found no relationship between vaccines and autism. Groups of experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), also agree that vaccines are not responsible for the number of children now recognized to have autism.

Vaccines cause many harmful side effects, illnesses, and even death.

  • Most side effects from vaccination are minor, short-lived, and treatable, such as soreness at the site of injection or a low-grade fever. Serious reactions are very rare, and have to be weighed against the very real risk of getting a dangerous vaccine-preventable disease.

Vaccine-preventable diseases have been virtually eliminated from the United States.

  • Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in the United States such as polio, measles and rubella. The viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exist and can be passed on to people who are not vaccinated. These diseases could once again become common and deadly if people stop getting vaccines.

Getting multiple vaccinations for different diseases at the same time increases the risk of harmful side effects and can overload the immune system.

  • Studies show that our bodies can handle many shots at once. Having several vaccines at once is safe and a combination of vaccines protect you against more than one disease with a single shot.

Fact:

Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths each year.

 What can I do?

Get the vaccinations you need:

  • Meningococcal
    Meningococcus can cause an infection of the brain lining or spinal cord. You can contract this disease through kissing or sharing a drink, as it spreads through saliva.
  • Tdap
    Tdap is a vaccine that protects you against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, three potentially life threatening diseases. You should get this vaccine when you are 11 or 12 years old, then every 10 years after that.
  • Flu
    Doctors recommend that people your age receive the flu vaccine every year since new strains of the virus constantly develop. It is best to get vaccinated before the winter flu season of every year.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    The HPV vaccine protects against HPV infections and cancers caused by HPV. HPV infection can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer in girls and penile cancer in boys.

What vaccines do I need for college?

You are required to provide immunization documentation of two doses for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and an immunization within the last 10 years for tetanus/ diphtheria (TD) before registering for classes. If you are living in on-campus housing you must also be vaccinated against Neisseria meningitidis (Meningococcus).

You will also need catch-up vaccines such as measles, mumps, rubella, hep B, polio and chickenpox if you were not vaccinated as a child.