Get Your Child’s Immunizations College Ready

It’s high school graduation season! All over the region, families are celebratingtheir high school seniors as they complete a life milestone.After all of the ceremonies and parties, many families will begin preparing their recent grads for their next stop: college. In addition to getting dorm room essentials such as box fans and extra-long twin bed sheets, your child may need a visit to his or her primary care provider to secure proof of immunizations and get additional immunizations and/or tests before stepping on campus.

 

What Immunizations Are Required Before My Child Goes to College?

College and universities have different health requirements based on their policies. First-time students may be required to get some immunizations or provide proof of immunization through supporting documents, which may include medical documents showing the immunization date or a statement of immunity from a pediatrician.

 

Here are the requirements for some Kentucky and Southern Indiana colleges and universities:

 

University of Louisville

University of Louisville first-year students are required to provide immunization documentation before their scheduled orientation date. Failure to do so could result in delaying class registration. Required proof of immunizations:

 

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis): one adult dose within the past 10 years
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): two-dose series of the vaccine
  • Hepatitis B: three-dose series of hepatitis B vaccine
  • Varicella (chicken pox): two doses of varicella vaccine or documentation of chicken pox history from a pediatrician noted on immunization record, immunization certificate or official letter from the provider’s office
  • Meningococcal ACWY: one dose of meningococcal quadrivalent (Menactra/MenACWY-D or Menveo/MenACWY-CRM) after age 16
  • Tuberculosis (TB) questionnaire (TB testing is required only if any questions are marked “Yes” on the required TB questionnaire.)
  • Recommended but not required vaccines:
    • Hepatitis A: two-dose series of hepatitis A vaccine or the three-dose series of Twinrix (adult dual hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine)
    • Meningococcal B vaccine: two different formulations are Bexsero (two part- series) and Trumenba (three-part series); formulations should not be interchanged
    • HPV: also called Gardasil; two-part series if starting before age 15; three-part series if starting after age 15

 

 

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky students living in on-campus housing are required to have the following:

 

  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Recommended but not required vaccines:
    • Hepatitis A: two-dose series of hepatitis A vaccine or the three-dose series of Twinrix (adult dual hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine)
    • Meningococcal B vaccine: two different formulations are Bexsero (two part- series) and Trumenba (three-part series); formulations should not be interchanged
    • HPV: also called Gardasil; two-part series if starting before age 15; three-part series if starting after age 15

 

Indiana University Southeast

First-year students at Indiana University Southeast (IUS) must show proof of immunizations for the following:

 

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis): one adult dose within the past 10 years
  • Varicella (chicken pox): two doses of varicella vaccine

 

First-year IUS students also will be asked to read and acknowledge a statement that they understand the risks associated with meningitis (meningococcal disease). Students from outside the United States also must provide documentation that they have been tested for tuberculosis in the U.S.

 

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Bellarmine University

First-year Bellarmine University students are required to provide proof of the following:

 

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Polio (two doses)
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis): one adult dose within the past 10 years
  • Tuberculosis screening after April 1 of year entering residence halls
  • Recommended vaccines are: meningococcal, HPV, hepatitis B

 

While these are the requirements for general first-year students at these schools, different programs, such as nursing, dentistry and others, may have additional vaccination requirements at these schools. International students may be subject to additional vaccination requirements. Didn’t see your child’s school listed? Visit the college or university’s website and search for “immunizations” or “vaccinations.”

 

“I strongly encourage families to complete the above recommended vaccines,” Dr. Shaw said. “We want our children to enjoy the learning and personal growth college has to offer while keeping them safe from life altering illnesses.”

Gregory E. Shaw, M.D.,

What Immunizations Are Recommended for Students to Stay Healthy on Campus?

Just as each school has its own required immunization list, many college and universities also have a list of recommended immunizations. Gregory E. Shaw, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Lakeview, suggests the following immunizations to help keep young adults healthy while away at school:

 

  • Hepatitis A: Kentucky had a hepatitis A outbreak in the last year. This disease is passed through food, so it is difficult to prevent possible exposures during an outbreak. The best protection is having prior immunity from the vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV: First vaccine that can protect against cancer! In women, it can protect from cervical cancers. In men, it can protect from penile cancers. In both men and women, this vaccine can protect against mouth and throat cancers as well as genital warts. About 70% of people encounter the HPV virus in their lifetime. HPV vaccination is recommended through age 26 for women, and through age 21 for men, if they were not vaccinated between 11 to 12 years old. HPV vaccines include:
    • Gardasil
    • Gardasil9
    • Cervarix
  • Influenza: A yearly flu shot can help prevent certain strains of the flu or lessen flu symptoms. It is even more important to get the flu shot if you have asthma or another chronic illness. People with asthma and other chronic illnesses are more likely to have severe complications from the flu.
  • Meningitis A,C,W and Y: The meningococcal ACWY vaccine can help prevent meningitis caused by serogroups A, C, W, and Y.
  • Meningitis B: Serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccines can help prevent meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B.
    • Meningococcal type B infection can be just as deadly as other meningitis strains. Since 2011, all the meningococcal outbreaks on college campuses have been from the type B strain.
    • The immunity from this vaccine does decrease significantly in the first year after the vaccine is given, but if exposed to the actual illness, a repeat vaccine can provide significant protection and restore the immunity in a short period of time.
    • Indiana colleges and universities have been adding MenB vaccine as a requirement for incoming freshmen. The current Indiana schools requiring this are: Ball State University, Butler University, Earlham College, Indiana State University, Marian University, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Valparaiso University, the University of Evansville and the University of Indianapolis.
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella vaccine)
    • There have been over a 1,000 cases of measles in the United States in the last year.
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis; pertussis is also known as whooping cough)

 


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