One of the greatest success stories in modern medicine has been the development of vaccines that protect against many infectious diseases. The number of vaccines recommended for children has grown from 4 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, and smallpox) in the 1950s to over 20 today.
By the time you reach college you should have received immunizations for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (grouped together into an MMR vaccine), Diphtheria, Tetanus, and whooping cough (grouped together into a DTaP vaccine), Polio, and Hepatitis B. Before coming to college you may have received an immunization for meningitis because students living in residential halls are at increased risk of infection. Vaccines are an important part of protection throughout life so it is important to make sure your immunizations are up to date.
When traveling abroad you may need additional immunizations that will be specific to the countries that you are visiting. If you are planning on traveling to another country you can make an appointment at Student Health Services to find out what vaccines are recommended or required for your travels.
For more information on when you should receive immunizations visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.