Preparing Your Child for College with Proper Immunizations

College dorm: Students moving in

College can be a challenging time for young adults to maintain good health, because there are a number of new responsibilities that students must face once the school year begins. Therefore, preventive healthcare is essential for young men and women entering college, and this includes immunizations recommended for a busy college lifestyle.

Meningococcal Vaccine

Meningitis is a potentially fatal and suddenly occurring condition that may be easily spread among students living in group housing. Some universities and colleges require students to receive immunization to protect against this disease, but the CDC recommends meningococcal vaccination for all students preparing to attend college.

Tdap Vaccine

The Tdap vaccine, or tetanus booster shot, not only protects from tetanus, but it also prevents diphtheria and pertussis. There have been many recent outbreaks of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, throughout the United States, so this vaccine is important for students preparing to live and study within the crowded environment of a college campus.

HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine should be administered before the age of 24, and it will protect from several types of HPV—including those associated with cervical and anal cancers.

Seasonal Flu Shots

Falling ill just before finals can create a great deal of unneeded stress for your child, so he or she might consider seasonal flu shots every year. It is important to stay up-to-date on flu vaccines, as the flu virus evolves so quickly that it is different every flu season.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is here to help you find the medical care and immunizations that your child needs before heading off to school this fall. To find a physician and obtain answers to your health questions, dial (805) 497-2727 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line or visit us online.