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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.

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.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDaP)

TDaP within the last 10 years is required for all students. 

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SC STATE LAW SECTION 59-101-290. Notification of risk of contracting certain diseases if living on-campus.


(A) A public institution of higher learning shall notify incoming students, or the parent or guardian of an incoming student under the age of eighteen, of the risk of contracting meningococcal disease and Hepatitis B if living in on-campus student housing.

(B) A public institution of higher learning shall include vaccination against meningococcal disease and Hepatitis B as recommended immunization in health and medical information provided to students or prospective students and parents or guardians.

(C) A private institution of higher learning may elect to be governed by this section and at any time may, in its sole discretion, remove itself from such governance.

HISTORY: 2002 Act No. 317, Section 1.


CDC Information regarding Meningococcal Disease risk and College Students:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4907a2.htm

CDC Information regarding Hepatitis B and College Students:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5416a1.htm