Vaccine Information


Most vaccinations are considered “preventive” and may be covered by your insurance.

The Student Health Center will provide vaccines for students whether you have insurance or not. For any questions or concerns, please call us (785) 628-4293.

Below is a list of the vaccines we offer. Scroll down for more information on each vaccine as well as benefits of receiving the vaccine.

 

Name of Vaccine
Number of Doses
Hepatitis A Two
Hepatitis B Three
HPV-Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil) Three
Flu Vaccine One
Meningococcal (Meningitis)  One (Recommended 5-Year Booster)
Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) One
TwinRix (Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B) Three
Varicella One

*For pricing information, please call the Student Health Center at (785) 628-4293.

 

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can be contracted with close personal contact and consuming food or water containing the Hepatitis A virus. The disease can cause “flu-like” illness, yellow skin or eyes, dark urine, severe stomach pains or diarrhea.
 
Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for international travel. You should get the vaccine one month before traveling. For lasting protection, two doses of the vaccine are needed. These doses should be administered at least six months apart.
 
For more information on Hepatitis A and the vaccine, click the links below.
 
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Choosea.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-a.html

 

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious infection affecting the liver that can cause short and long-term effects. Short-term effects are more common in adults. Symptoms include: loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, yellow skin or eyes, or pain in muscles, joints and stomach. Long-term or chronic infections can lead to liver damage or cancer causing death, although this is rare in adults. It can be contracted from other people’s blood, bodily fluids, or contaminated objects.
 
You should consider getting a vaccine if you are 18 years of age or older especially if the vaccine wasn’t administered at a younger age. The vaccine is administered in three doses. The second dose is given four weeks after the first dose. The third dose is given five months after the second dose.
 
For more information on Hepatitis B and the vaccine, click the links below.
 
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/B/index.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-b.html


  
HPV - Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil)

This vaccine is now recommended for both males and females.
 
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. An HPV infection can cause cervical cancer in women, which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women worldwide. There is no cure for HPV.
 
The vaccine is administered in three doses. The second dose is given one to two months after the first dose. The third dose is given six months after the first dose.
 
If you have not completed the three dose series, it is recommended both males and females do so before age 26.
 
For more information on HPV and the vaccine, click the links below.
 
http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/default.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hpv-gardasil.html
http://www.gardasil.com/

Influenza (Flu Vaccine)

Influenza or "the flu" is a contagious disease spread by coughing, sneezing or through nasal secretions. Symptoms of influenza include: fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, runny or stuffy nose. Other illnesses have similar symptoms and can often be mistaken for influenza.
 
We offer the inactive or killed vaccine and we recommend you get it as soon as it becomes available. The earlier you get vaccinated the more effective it is. Remember influenza can occur at any time.
 
The flu shot does not give you a live flu virus. This is a common myth and the reason people avoid the flu shot. Keep in mind the vaccine takes a couple of weeks to take full effect. Consuming high amounts of Vitamin C and fluids help defend against the virus, but there is still a chance you can get the flu.
 
For more information on influenza and the vaccine, click the links below.
 
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html   

  

Meningococcal (Meningitis)

We offer the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4). Bacterial meningitis is a serious illness that anyone can contract and it can cause blood infections. College freshmen living in dorms have an increased risk in contracting meningitis.
 
If first dose of vaccine is given before age 16, a booster is recommended.  If the first dose of vaccine is given after 16 years of age, only one dose is needed so a booster is not necessary.
 
Meningitis Information Letter (PDF)                
Meningitis Waiver (PDF)

For more information on Meningitis and the vaccine, click the links below.
 
http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/index.html
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening.html  

  

TDAP (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis)

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis are all caused by bacteria and are serious if contracted.
 
Tetanus or Lockjaw can cause painful muscle spasms and stiffness. At times it affects the head and neck muscles to the point where you can’t open your mouth, breathe, or swallow and can be fatal if not treated.
 
Diphtheria can cause breathing problems because a thick membrane covers the back of the throat.
 
Pertussis or Whooping Cough can cause severe coughing spells which lead to difficult breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep.
 
One dose of Tdap is required for life.  A Td booster should be administered every 10 years.
 
For more information on Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis and the vaccines, click the links below.
 
http://www.cdc.gov/tetanus/about/index.html
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/diphtheria/in-short-both.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/index.html
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/td-tdap.html  

  

Varicella

Varicella (chickenpox) is a highly contagious disease that is very uncomfortable and sometimes serious. The chickenpox vaccine is the best protection against chickenpox. It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. Chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
 
It spreads easily from infected people to others who have never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine. Chickenpox spreads in the air through coughing or sneezing. It can also be spread by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters.
 
It is recommended that two doses of chickenpox vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults. Two doses of the vaccine are about 98% effective at preventing chickenpox.
 
For more information on Varicella (Chickenpox) and the vaccine, click the links below.
 
http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/about/index.html
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/varicella.html

 



For a complete list of Recommended Adult Immunizations for 2013, visit the following website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule.pdf.
 
For information on all vaccines, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination information page at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/college.html.
 

Special Note Regarding Travel Immunization

 
Immunization required for traveling outside the United States depends on where you are traveling to. Some vaccines require more than one dose or a certain amount of time before they are effective. It is important that you contact us several months before your trip to find out what vaccines, examinations and other health-related information you might need. You can also visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention travel information page at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for up-to-date information about the country you plan to visit.

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