Immunizations We Strongly Recommend
Although PLU does not require students to have the following vaccines, we strongly urge students to obtain these immunizations. These immunizations can help protect each student, as well as the PLU community as a whole. Each of these vaccines is a standard, routine vaccine, advised by multiple medical organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TdAP)
Washington State recently experienced the worst whooping cough (Pertussis) outbreak in 50 years. This infection passes through the air, and it spreads easily through college campuses. It is known as the “100 day cough,” since it is a prolonged, debilitating illness. A booster vaccine is advised every ten years.
Meningitis (Meningococcal Vaccine)
Meningitis is a life-threatening infection that is passed through the air. The mortality rate is more than 30 percent. There have been outbreaks in several college campuses during the past year. The CDC urges a booster vaccine every five years for college students. Make sure that your vaccine is up to date!
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
This is a standard, routine vaccine for all American men and women at age 13. This vaccine is a safe, effective way to reduce the risks of many kinds of cancer. This includes cancers of the mouth, throat, cervix, and there are links to prostate cancer and heart disease.
Most American children are vaccinated against chickenpox. If you have not been vaccinated and if you have never had the Chickenpox disease, it can be a serious illness during college.
This is a routine vaccination for children in the United States. Hepatitis A is usually passed through contaminated food or person-to-person contact.
This is a routine vaccination for children in the United States. Hepatitis B can cause a rapidly progressive, life-threatening liver cancer.