Your child is going off to college- a time of independence, a time of discovery, a time of realizing what the world has to offer. Yet along with these wonderful opportunities, comes an abundance of risks. Your college bound young adult will soon be experiencing a whole new level of exposure to a flood of new people. There is a high probability that they will be in close contact with someone who is ill on a daily basis via classrooms, dorm rooms, and campus recreation centers. Thankfully, there are ways to keep these risks at bay, and the leading one is to ensure that your soon to be college student is properly vaccinated. As college vaccines are now required, we want to make sure that you are as informed as possible! So here are the top 5 things you need to know about college vaccines:
1. Top vaccines that a college freshman will need
It will be helpful for them to have their immunization records on hand, as each situation will vary slightly. Past medical history not withstanding, the two most important vaccines that most colleges require are the Meningitis (Meningococcal) and Hepatitis B vaccines.
Meningitis is a disease that has the potential to become life threatening very quickly, brought on by an inflammation of the brain and the spinal cord, and young adults sit in the age range with the highest vulnerability to this disease.
Hepatitis B is a blood-borne infection, and it is possible to contract it by means of sexual activity. Hepatitis B has lasting effects on the body which include long-term liver complications.
The other common vaccines that may be required by your college of choice are the combined tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine.
Your college bound student might be asking:
2. I’m taking care of my own medical responsibilities now; how do I find my medical history?
The majority of colleges will give you a health form to fill out before you attend. This will be your opportunity to visit your pediatrician, discuss, and possibly obtain your immunization records. But of course, you can always contact your family doctor at any time with questions regarding your medical history. They are always updated of the requirements and are usually stocked with the appropriate vaccinations.
3. I’m not yet a legal adult. Will I need parental consent to receive a vaccine?
4. Will a student health center at my college provide the vaccinations?
Every school is different, but a simple call put into the campus health center should clear that up. It may be the case that your college provides this service, but be sure to ask if the cost is covered. Most likely, when you receive your freshman orientation packet, all of this information will be available.
5. Will I get a bad reaction to the college vaccines?
Situations vary, but if you do, it will not be serious or long lasting. Your provider may tell you to call back if you experience a fever, but in general these are very safe vaccines, and all are FDA approved.
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Do you have a college freshman or transfer student heading off to school? Be sure they’re up to date with their college vaccines. At AFC Urgent Care Vernon we are armed with all the vaccines and will keep your college student safe and healthy. If they can obtain their vaccination/immunization records prior to walking in, that is always helpful and will save time, and if they have their college paperwork with the individualized requirements, make sure to bring that as well.
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