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 intervals of 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 intervals of 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 college students through the age of 26. The vaccine is given in a series of three vaccines at intervals of 0 – 2 – 6 months. 

Student Health Services does not carry this vaccine but can provide a prescription for the HPV vaccine to be administered at local pharmacies or Student Health Services.


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, 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 as part of campus wide flu shot campaigns.  Flu vaccine is free to all students


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


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:

CDC Information regarding Hepatitis B and College Students: