Immunizations / Vaccines

Immunizations and Vaccines are given by a registered nurse under the direction of the Medical Director.

If you need immunizations/travel vaccines please contact us at x2810 and make an appointment. Immunizations available at The Health Service and their costs are:

PLEASE NOTE: Our clinicians are not HMO providers with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Therefore, we do not process claims with BC/BS nationwide. Students are responsible for payment of charges and can forward information to their insurers for reimbursement. If you have any questions please call our Billing Coordinator at x2811.

Immunization / Vaccines
offered at Health Service

(price are per dose, please note number of doses in series)

COST
Hepatitis A $93 (2 doses)
Hepatitis B $65 (3 doses)
HPV / Gardasil $150 (3 doses)
Japanese Encephalitis $250 (2 doses)
Malaria Pills $6 -$15 (per pill)
Menomune $105 (1 dose)
Menactra $125 (1 dose)
MMR (measles,mumps rubella) $110 (2 doses)
Pneumococcal $85 (1 dose)
Polio $40 (1 dose)
Rabies (series of 3 over one month) $230 (3 doses)
Tetanus / Diphtheria $30 (1 dose)
Tdap $55 (1 dose)
Typhoid (oral or injectable) $71 (1 dose)
Varicella $120 (2 doses)
Yellow Fever $105 (1 dose)


Typhoid vaccination is recommended for travelers who are visiting developing countries and may be exposed to potentially contaminated food and water, especially in smaller cities, villages or rural areas (off tourist areas). The typhoid vaccine protects 80% of recipients for approximately 2-5 years, depending upon type of vaccine used. Typhoid vaccine is available as an injectable vaccine, with protection lasting 2-3 years, and is also available as an oral vaccine last 5 years: 4 caplets taken on alternate days and one hour before a meal.

Hepatitis A is highly endemic throughout the developing world. Transmission may occur through direct person-to-person contact, from contaminated water, fruits and vegetables, shellfish and through poor sanitary conditions. Many cases of Hepatitis A occur in standard tourist areas. Hepatitis A vaccine is available and will provide a more permanent form of immunity. This vaccine is given in two doses; the first dose is given at least two weeks prior to travel, and the second dose, a booster, should be administered in 6 to 12 months. . Immune Globulin prophylaxis is also available and may provide protection for about 6 weeks. Cost is $15 per injection. We recommend the hepatitis A vaccine for optimum protection.

Hepatitis B is spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person. A person can get infected by having unprotected sex with an infected person, by sharing needles when injecting illegal drugs, by being stuck with a used needle on the job, or during birth when the virus passes from an infected mother to her baby. About 1/3 of people who are infected with hepatitis B in the United States don't know how they got it. The vaccine consists of a series of 3 shots, given at 0, 1 and 6 months.

Malaria is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes and occasionally through blood transmission. Malaria is present in many warmer regions of the world and infection usually occurs between dusk and dawn. Travelers can protect themselves from insect borne disease by wearing long sleeved shirts and slacks and using insect repellent. Preventive medication is recommended when traveling to areas where malaria is present. The type of medication used depends upon the region of travel and a prescription is necessary. Anti-malarial drugs are taken in pill form, weekly 1-2 weeks prior to departure, weekly while away, and weekly for four weeks after leaving the area. Other types of malaria prophylaxis can be taken daily. Cost can vary and depends upon region of travel, length of stay, and drug resistant strains of malaria.

Polio - most adults do not need polio vaccine because they were already vaccinated as children. But three groups of adults are at higher risk and should consider polio vaccination: people traveling to areas of the world where polio is common, laboratory workers who might handle polio virus, and health care workers treating patients who could have polio.

MMR - measles, mumps & rubella vaccines

Tetanus/Diphtheria vaccines should be up to date, and we will check your record for dates when you come in for your travel appointment. Certain areas of the world may from time to time issue traveler health warnings about these illnesses and others being present or endemic.

TdaP vaccine is a tetanus booster which also contains pertussis (whoopoing cough) vaccine.

Meningococcal vaccine should be considered for all entering college students, especially first-year students. Recent studies have shown that this group of students may be more susceptible to bacterial meningitis because of close living quarters and lifestyle activities. The College highly recommends that all entering college students get vaccinated prior to coming to school. However, The Health Service conducts annual meningitis vaccine clinics, usually held in the fall. Meningitis also is endemic in certain areas of the world and the vaccine is highly recommended for travel to these areas.

Rabies vaccines are also recommended and necessary for certain areas of travel and whether or not students will be working with or exposed to domestic or wild animals. The pre-exposure vaccine comes in a series of three doses over a one-month period.

Japanese Encephalitis is a common mosquito-borne viral encephalitis found in Asia. JE is transmitted chiefly by the bites of mosquitoes. Vector species in China feeds on domestic animals, birds, swine and humans. Larvae are found in flooded rice fields, and marsh areas. Most infections are without symptoms, but if clinical illness develops, the fatality rate can be as high as 30%. This vaccine comes in a 3-dose series given over a month.

Varicella - Chicken Pox

Tubercolosis

Yellow Fever vaccine is now available at the Health Service. It may be required for travel to certain areas of the world. Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral illness, which ranges in severity from a flu-like syndrome to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever. The disease occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and Tropical South America where it is endemic and can at times be epidemic. Vaccination sites must be certified/licensed by the CDC and state and local governments. One vaccination will provide protection for 10 years.

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