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MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) *two required (must have received after first birthday)

Immunization schedule consists of two doses 28 days apart.

TD (Tetanus/Diphtheria) or Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) *required

Immunization consists of a single dose that is good for 10 years.

HEPATITIS A

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of persons with hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing HAV. This immunization is recommended for travelers to countries where the water and food sources may not be safe from fecal contamination. Several cases have been in the news recently and contributed to food handlers in restaurants who have the disease.

The immunization schedule consists of 2 doses 6 months apart.

HEPATITIS B

Although it is not required, Hepatitis B immunization is highly recommended for college students by both the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practice (ACIP).

Hepatitis B is a serious, potentially fatal disease that can cause long-term liver damage. Infection may occur from contact with blood or body fluids in situations such as sharing a toothbrush or razor, tattooing, body piercing, or using injectable drugs. In addition, the transfer of Hepatitis B through sexual contact is 100 times more prevalent than the transmission of HIV/AIDS virus.

The immunization schedule consists of 3 doses at 0, 1 and 6 months.

Some departments on campus require their employees to be immunized for Hepatitis B.

MENINGITIS

Although it is not required, it is highly recommended for college students that live in residence halls by the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practice (ACIP). There have been NO cases reported at SIUE in over 5 years.

Meningitis is an infection that can lead to a dangerous swelling of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Either viruses or bacteria can cause the disease. College students have a greater risk of meningococcal infection that the general population because of activities that are often a part of college life, such as smoking, being around someone who smokes, going out to bars, drinking alcohol, and living in close contact with other students. The infection is spread through direct contact with oral secretions. Such contact includes coughing, sharing of toothbrushes or eating utensils, and kissing.

*Note* This immunization is offered after pre-payment at Health Service. You may also contact your primary care provider or local community health department for information.

VARICELLA (CHICKENPOX)

This is offered especially to students in the health care field that have not shown immunity to Varicella.

The immunization schedule consists of 2 doses 1 month apart.

*Note* This is a special order vaccine and must be ordered and paid for in advance. It may be available at your local public health clinic for less cost.

TYPHOID

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. This immunization is recommended for travelers to countries where the water and food sources may not be safe from fecal contamination.

The immunization consists of 1 injection or a series of 4 pills. Immunity lasts several years.

*Note* This is a special order vaccine and must be ordered and paid for in advance.

INFLUENZA

Influenza is caused by a virus that spreads from infected persons to the nose or throat of others. The "influenza season" in the U.S. is from November to March of each year. The viruses that cause influenza change often. Because of this, influenza vaccine is updated each year by replacing at least one of the vaccine viruses with a newer one. Protection develops about 2 weeks after the shot and usually lasts 4 to 6 months.

The shot is usually offered in October, November, and December until the supply is depleted. As a designated State of Illinois site, the SIUE Health Service offers the vaccination to state employees, retirees of SIUE, and direct adult family members.

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