Most vaccines are given early in childhood, but college students and young adults need certain immunizations too. These vaccines are specifically recommended for young adults ages 19-24 years:
- Meningoccal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) and Serotype B meningococcal vaccine (MenB): Protect against bacterial meningitis and may be required for some college freshmen or other students living in dormitories.
- Tdap vaccine: Protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
- HPV vaccine: Protects against the human papillomavirus, which causes most cases of cervical and anal cancers, as well as many oral cancers. Each year in the United States, approximately 31,000 men and women get cancer caused by HPV infection. That’s a new case diagnosed EVERY 20 MINUTES! The vast majority of these cancers can be prevented in the future by vaccinating now!
- Seasonal flu vaccine: Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every year. This vaccine contains several stains of protection and changes every year. This is why it is so important to receive one yearly.
Easy-to-Read Schedule for Adults, by Age:
Current Recommended Immunizations for College Students & Young Adults
Research has demonstrated that the adolescent vaccine schedule and combination of vaccines are safe and effective. Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety. The United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history. There is no scientific evidence that immunizations cause autism or that giving multiple shots can harm or “overload” the immune system. Side effects can occur with any medicine, including vaccines. Slight discomfort (such as pain at the injection site) is a common, non-serious side effect. Serious reactions to vaccines are very rare. Anyone who receives a vaccine should be informed about both the benefits and risks of vaccination. More information on vaccine safety is available at : www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/index.html