Recommended Vaccines for College Students

Meningococcal Vaccines

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2 through 18 years old in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

College freshmen, especially those who live in dormitories, are at a slightly increased risk for bacterial meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria (meningococcal disease) compared with other persons of the same age.

College freshmen who want to reduce their risk for meningococcal disease should either be administered the vaccine (by a doctor's office or student health service) or directed to a site where the vaccine is available.

The risk for meningococcal disease among non-freshmen college students is similar to that for the general population. However, the vaccine is safe and effective and therefore can be provided to non-freshmen students who want to reduce their risk for meningococcal disease.

More information is available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Seasonal flu vaccines protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. The viruses in the vaccine can change each year based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as vaccine becomes available in their community. Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest. CDC continues to encourage people to get vaccinated throughout the flu season, which can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

More information is available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Other Recommended Vaccines

  • Tetanus Diphtheria (& Pertussis)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Vaccines Available at Campus Health Services

  • Influenza Vaccine

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