Health & Counseling Services recommends that all students are up-to-date on their routine vaccinations. There are a few vaccines, however, that are of particular importance for young adults. We strongly recommend that all Gonzaga students have received and are up-to-date on the vaccines below.
Meningococcal (Meningitis) Vaccine Booster Recommendation
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adolescents receive the meningitis vaccine, plus a booster dose. The recommendation for routine vaccination of persons with quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine at age 11 or 12 years, with a booster dose at age 16 years.
For adolescents who receive the first dose at age 13 through 15 years, a one-time booster dose should be administered, preferably at age 16 through 18 years, before the peak in increased risk.
Persons who receive their first dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine at or after age 16 years do not need a booster dose.
For additional information on this recommendation follow the CDC link Updated Recommendations for use of Meningoccocal Conjugate Vaccines
For additional information about the Meningococcal vaccine follow the CDC link Meningococcal Vaccine.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine
The CDC recommends that both male and female adolescents and young adults receive the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. This vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer in females, if it is given before exposure to the virus. In addition, it can prevent vaginal and vulvar cancer in females, and genital warts and anal cancer in both males and females.
Two HPV vaccines, Cervarix and Gardasil, are are licensed, safe, and effective for patients ages 9 through 26 years. The CDC recommends that girls and boys who are 11 or 12 years old get the 3 doses (shots) of either brand of HPV vaccine.
For additional information on this recommendation follow the CDC link FDA Licensure of Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV4, Gardasil) for Use in Males.
For additional information about the HPV vaccine follow the CDC link HPV Vaccine.
Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Updated Recommendation
The CDC recommends a single Tdap dose for persons aged 11 through 18 years who have completed the recommended childhood diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis/diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTP/DTaP) vaccination series and for adults aged 19 through 64 years.
For additional information on this recommendation follow the CDC link Tdap Updated Recommendation
For additional information about the Tdap vaccine follow the CDC link Tdap.
If you have any questions, need a booster shot, or are interested in receiving any of the above vaccines contact Gonzaga Health & Counseling Services at (509) 313-4066.
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