Important Information about Vaccines
for the Entire Stetson Community
Faculty, Staff, Law Students, Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students and Retirees
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccines throughout life to protect against serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.
On Friday, January 23, 2015, the CDC issued an advisory regarding a multi-state measles outbreak that began in California this past December. Even though measles was considered eliminated in the United States in 2000 due to vaccine coverage, it can and is occurring now because unvaccinated groups are being exposed to imported measles virus.
This recent outbreak of measles underscores the importance of being fully immunized against all vaccine-preventable diseases.
According to the American College Health Association:
"Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as un-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel. The American College Health Association (ACHA) strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus communities."
Importance of Vaccination
The CDC states that even if you were vaccinated at a younger age, the protection from some vaccines can wear off, or the virus or bacteria that the vaccine protects against changes so your resistance is not as strong. Their recommendation is that all adults get the following vaccines:
- Flu vaccine every year to protect against seasonal flu
- Td vaccine every 10 years to protect against tetanus
- Tdap vaccine once instead of Td vaccine to protect against tetanus and diphtheria plus pertussis (whooping cough)
- Other vaccines you need as an adult are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, job, health condition, and vaccines you have had in the past.
Vaccines may include those that protect against:
- human papillomavirus
- Hepatitis A and B
- measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
It is important to check with your health care provider to determine what vaccines you may need.
Vaccines are available at the Volusia County Health Department – DeLand Health Center | 386-822-6215.
Limited types of vaccines are also available from certain pharmacies, your health care provider and Stetson Health Service.
Make sure to keep track of your vaccines to ensure that you are up-to-date and have maximum protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.
For more information on vaccines, visit the CDC Vaccination website.
Please contact Stetson Health Service with any health related questions or concerns: 386-822-8150.