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Get Smart, Get Shots! Immunization Advice for College Students

Immunization Advice for College Students

Have a student getting ready to go off to college? Make sure you've packed everything your student needs, including good health. Check with your child's doctor about back-to-school vaccines. With new vaccines being licensed yearly and vaccine recommendations changing, now is the time to make sure a student's immunization records are complete. A student's health history and activities should be considered in deciding what vaccines to receive.

Required Immunization: Meningococcal (Meningitis) for College Students in Maryland

Maryland law requires that individuals who reside in on-campus housing at Maryland institutions of higher education be vaccinated against meningococcal disease with meningococcal conjugate vaccine or MCV4. This vaccine protects against strains A,C, W and Y.

Some previously vaccinated children may need a booster dose. Check with your health care provider. Due to routine vaccination with MCV4 (A,C,W and Y), meningococcal group B strain has emerged as a cause of outbreaks on college campuses in recent years. Vaccine to protect against group B meningococcal strain (Bexsero, Trumenba) is now available. It may be administered between ages 16 and 18. 

Routine immunizations include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Td, Tdap)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Meningococcal MCV4 (Groups A, C, W and Y)

Other immunizations to consider:

  • Influenza (every year)
  • Hepatitis A
  • HPV vaccine (human papillomavirus)
  • Meningococcal B
  • Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)

Where to go for immunizations:

Ask your medical provider, or local pharmacist about vaccines. If you do not have a doctor, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health provides routine immunizations for children who qualify for the federal Vaccines for Children Program and are from 2 months through 18 years of age. The immunizations are provided at area health centers by appointment. Vaccinations are free; however, a $14 administration fee is charged. Call one of the following health centers Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for information.  

Glen Burnie Health Center
416 A Street, S.W.,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410-222-6633

Parole Health Center
1950 Drew Street,
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-222-7247

For more information about college student and young adult immunizations, call Immunization Services at the Department of Health at 410-222-4896.

Click on one of the links below for information about specific immunizations.