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Immunization Advice for College Students

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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
Parole Health Center
1950 Drew Street,
Annapolis, MD 21401

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.

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