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Recommended Immunizations

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver.  The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus, can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.  Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable illness.  The Hepatitis B vaccines consist of a series of three vaccines given at 0 – 1 – 6 months.  This vaccine is available at the Student Health Service for a fee.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A can affect anyone.  In the United States, Hepatitis A can occur in situations ranging from isolated cases of disease to widespread epidemics.  Good personal hygiene and proper sanitation can help prevent hepatitis A.  Students planning international travel and those with other risk factors should consider getting this vaccine.   This vaccine is given in a series of two vaccines at 0 – 6 months. Student Health Services offers this vaccine for a fee.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a vaccine that helps to protect against diseases such as cervical cancer and genital warts and is recommended for all female college students through the age of 26.  Male students through the age of 26. The vaccine is given in a series of three vaccines at 0 – 2 – 6 months. 

Student Health Services can provide a prescription for the HPV vaccine.

Varicella

Varicella also called the chicken pox vaccine is recommended to all college students who do not have evidence of immunity, such as a history of the disease or prior vaccination.  Two doses are recommended four weeks apart. Student Health does not offer the varicella vaccine but can draw titers to confirm immunity or direct students to local resources to obtain the vaccination if needed.

Influenza

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease that is caused by the influenza virus.  A flu shot can be given to anyone who wants to avoid the flu.  Because the flu shot is made from inactivated viruses, the shot cannot give you the flu.  Flu vaccines are available in late fall at the Student Health Services and on certain dates at residence halls.  Flu vaccine is free to all students