What vaccines are recommended for college-age students?
All available COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe and highly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19, including from the Delta variant. The COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States meet the FDA's rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. Serious health effects from vaccines are very rare and it's highly unlikely that COVID-19 vaccines will cause long-term health problems. Your risk for serious health problems is much lower from the vaccine than your risk if you're unvaccinated and get COVID-19. (Source: HHS-We Can Do This)
White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge
Influenza (flu) is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Flu can mean a few days of feeling bad and missing work or it can result in more serious illness.
An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. (Source: CDC)
Getting vaccinated is the best defense against meningococcal disease. "Meningococcal meningitis is caused by bacteria that can infect the areas around the brain, spinal cord or the bloodstream. Symptoms include stiff neck, headache, and high fever. NOTICE THE SIMILARITY TO FLU SYMPTOMS? While it's rare, infection can lead to brain damage, lasting disability, disfigurement, and it can be fatal within hours.
About one in ten people who get meningitis will die from it even if treated. College students are at higher risk of meningococcal disease because of close living quarters, coughing, kissing, etc." (Source: Ohio College Health Association)
HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is a common virus that can cause 6 types of cancer. While there is no treatment for HPV, there is a vaccine that can prevent it. Teens and young adults through age 26 who are not already vaccinated should get the HPV vaccine as soon as possible. (Source: American Cancer Society)
Where to Get Vaccines in College
It's extra important to ensure you stay up-to-date on vaccinations in college because you're living in smaller spaces like dorm rooms, learning in large classes, and meeting people from across the state, country and globe! Thankfully, campus health centers, local health departments, and pharmacies close to campuses make it super easy to get your needed immunizations.
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