The protection provided by some early childhood vaccines can wear off during your teen years. There are also risks for diseases specific to young adults. These risks can be be lowered or eliminated by vaccines.. The following vaccines are recommended for older children, if they did not receive all recommended doses when younger:
- Hepatitis B series
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) series
- Varicella (Chickenpox) series
- Influenza (yearly for everyone)
- Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (PPV)
- Hepatitis A series
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends the following vaccines for college students:
- Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)
- Meningococcal ACWY (covers 4 of the 5 most common bacterial Meningitis strains)
- Meningococccal B (covers one of the 5 most common bacterial Meningitis strains)
- HPV series – also known as the “cervical cancer vaccine”
The Health Center provides the Influenza vaccine each fall/winter. The other vaccines may be obtained from the Lenawee County Health Department. Call 264-5226 for more information
- Meningitis can cause permanent neurological deficits, amputations, or death within a few days of the development of symptoms. It is easily spread on college campuses. For information on the meningitis vaccines: Meningitis ACWY Meningitis B
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that can cause cancer in both men and women. The vaccine is given in 2-3 doses (depending on your age). The series is usually started in the early teens, but can still be effective up to age 26 if you have not yet been exposed to it. For further information on the HPV vaccine, Click Here.
- Pertussis (“Whooping Cough”) is a respiratory disease that is easily transmitted and can be fatal in infants, younger children, and those with a compromised respiratory system. One dose of the Tdap vaccine is recommended after about age 10. For further information, Click Here.