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Required Immunizations

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) two doses of vaccine at least 28 days apart after 12 months of age is required for all students born after 1956.  Vaccine is not to be given in pregnancy or for those with a history of hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis to any components in the vaccine.  Student Health Services offers this vaccine for a fee.

Polio

Polio primary series in childhood of 4 doses is required for all students. Boosters for certain international travel itineraries may be recommended see Travel Related Immunizations.

Tetanus

Tetanus within the last 10 years is required for all students.  Vaccination with tetanus toxoid, diphtheria toxoid and pertussis is recommended once for adolescents and adults can be administered regardless of the interval since the last tetanus vaccine.

Meningitis

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person’s spinal cord and the fluid surrounding the brain.  Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.  A vaccine is available to protect against some strains of bacterial meningitis.  This vaccine is required for all students; however, students may sign a Student Liability Release and Waiver/Meningitis Vaccine waiver. This vaccine is available at Student Health Services for a fee. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11-12 years olds should be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4, Menactra). A booster dose should be given at age 16 years. For adolescents who receive the first dose at age 13 through 15 years, a one-time booster dose should be administered, preferably at age 16 through 18 years, before the peak in increased risk. Adolescents who receive their first dose of MCV4 at or after age 16 years do not need a booster dose.