Immunization Program

Immunizations play a very important role in staying healthy.

University Pharmacy has Certified Pharmacists that can give immunizations for adults and adolescents right on campus. Whenever you have travel, plans get immunized here... so you can be safe there.

INFLUENZA

Influenza, commonly known as the “flu”, is a highly contagious viral illness transmitted by coughing or sneezing. Most people experience a fever, sore throat, chills, cough and headache with the flu. However, in some cases, influenza can lead to potentially fatal complications such as pneumonia.

Vaccine Recommended for anyone wanting to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or spreading influenza to others. Adults 50 and over or anyone with long-term health conditions including heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.

HUMANPAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)

HPV is a common sexually transmitted virus. An HPV infection typically does not have any noticeable symptoms;however, if left undetected, it can leadto cervical cancer in some women.

Vaccine Recommended for all females ages 9 to 26.

HEPATITIS A

Hepatitis A is a viral infection transmitted through contaminated food or water that can cause short-term jaundice and liver complications.

Vaccine Recommended for adults at highrisk including those who travel outsidethe United States and those with chronic liver disease.

HEPATITIS B

Hepatitis B is a very serious form of hepatitis that can result in permanent liver damage and cancer. It is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids.

Vaccine Recommended for adults at high risk such as healthcare workers and international travelers.

MEASLES/MUMPS/RUBELLA

Measles/Mumps/Rubella is a viral illness transmitted through respiratory droplets and highly contagious. Measles is initially characterized by a full-body rash but can potentially lead to various complications. Mumps most commonly causes inflammation (swelling) of the salivary glands resulting in sore throat, fever and headache. Rubella can cause small red bumps that last for a couple of days. This virus is transmitted through the air or close contact. It is still prevalent in developing countries that do not have routine childhood vaccination programs.

Vaccine Recommended for adults born during or after 1957 who have not yet received the vaccine.

MENINGOCOCCAL

Meningococcal disease is a potentially fatal bacterial infection (meningitis) that can affect the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can also infect the blood stream, leading to various complications. This bacterium is transmitted through respiratory droplets.

Vaccine Recommended for college students who live in a dormitory, military recruits and those who travel internationally. Pneumococcal ( for adults over 65 ) Pneumococcal disease is bacterial infection which can cause inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia) leading to a variety of symptoms and complications including cough, ,fever, chest pain and difficulty breathing. This infection is transmitted via respiratory droplets.

SHINGLES

(for adults over 60) Same virus that causes chickenpox can reappear later in life resulting in shingles. Shingles is characterized by a rash or fluid -filled blisters on one side of the body. At the site of the rash, people may experience tingling, itching, and mild to severe pain which might remain once the rash has re-solved.

Tetanus

Tetanus, also know as “lock jaw” occurs when toxins from a certain bacteria— commonly found in soil—are introduced into a cut or wound. These toxins attack the central nervous system, causing painful muscle spasms, stiffness, seizures and possibly death Diphtheria is also caused by a toxinproducing bacteria, and is spread through sneezing and/or coughing (respiratory droplets). Diphtheria primarily infects the nose, throat and skin but can also seriously damage the heart and/or central nervous system.

Vaccine Recommended for anyone ready for their booster. Boosters should be given every 10 years.

TETANUS/DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS

A vaccine is available that treats both Tetanus and Diphtheria plus Pertussis. Pertussis, also known as “whooping cough,” is a bacterial respiratory infection spread through sneezing and coughing. It can lead to uncontrollable coughing and difficulty breathing.

Vaccine Recommended for at risk adults who—in addition to tetanus and diphtheria— require the booster for whooping cough, including those who have close contact with children less than a year old immunizing Pharmacist can help you determine which immunizations you and your family might need..