Immunizations we strongly recommend
Locate your immunization records. If any of the following vaccines are missing, check with your insurance carrier. You may be able to obtain these vaccines at a pharmacy or supermarket, from your primary care provider, health department, or a variety of other sources. In many cases, these vaccines are available at no charge or for a nominal co-pay.
1. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis vaccines (TdAP)Washington State has experienced an increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) due to undervaccination. We strongly recommend a booster vaccine, particularly if the last vaccine was administered five or more years ago.
2. Meningococcal vaccine
Bacterial meningitis is a life-threatening brain infection that spreads easily in universities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge this vaccine within five years of starting college.
3. Varicella vaccine (chickenpox)
This vaccine is strongly recommended for students who have not had the chickenpox disease.
4. Human Papilloma Virus vaccine (HPV)This vaccine is strongly recommended for men and women. It can prevent cancers of the mouth, throat, cervix, and it has been linked to prostate cancer, heart disease, and seizures.