Important Information about Vaccines for the Entire Stetson Community

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.”  ACHA Statement in Support of Vaccine Use to Promote Health and Prevent Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccines throughout life to protect against serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.  The viruses and bacteria responsible for diseases that are vaccine-preventable spread to people who have not received vaccine protection.  As a nation that travels globally, unvaccinated travelers have gotten the measles and then spread the disease to others in the U.S. when they return.  This has led to a number of outbreaks in recent years.

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 a 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: shingles, human papillomavirus, pneumonia, meningitis, Hepatitis A and B, chickenpox, and measles, mumps, and rubella.  It is important to check with your healthcare provider to determine what vaccines you may need.   Take this quiz to determine the immunizations that you may need – https://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/

Vaccines are available at your local County Health Department.   Limited types of vaccines are also available from certain pharmacies, urgent care clinics, 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, go to  www.cdc.gov/vaccines

Please contact Stetson Health Service with any health-related questions or concerns.   386-822-8150  www.stetson.edu/health-services