Important Information For Students & Families

Strongly Recommended Immunizations

Vaccine preventable diseases can interrupt an unimmunized student's academic progress, impact his/her overall health, and result in the spread of illness to others. The sooner an individual is immunized, the sooner he/she receives protection from getting sick and from spreading preventable infection to other people. Students should get required immunizations before coming to campus (as this is a pre-enrollment requirement) though they may get most required and recommended vaccines at the Student Health Center (for the SHC's vaccine acquisition cost). Uninsured students under age 19 may be eligible for additional reductions through federal vaccine subsidies. Students who have not received the following strongly recommended immunizations can get them at the SSU Student Health Center for a fee that covers the SHC's cost to purchase the vaccine.

  • Chicken Pox Vaccine (Varicella): Students who have not had medically verified Chicken Pox should receive two separate doses of Varicella Vaccine. One dose is not sufficient to fully protect against Chickenpox.
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine: Recommended for those living in high risk areas or anticipating foreign travel.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine: Required of all students who were under 19 at the time they first enrolled at SSU. Strongly recommend for all college students & for foreign travel.
  • Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine (HPV): Recommended for women up to age 26 and men up to age 21. Protects against 70% of major types of human papilloma virus that cause genital cancers and 90% of types that cause genital warts.
  • Influenza Vaccine: Recommended for everyone over 6 months of age to reduce their risk of becoming ill with influenza, experiencing influenza related complications or spreading infection to others.
  • Meningococcal Vaccine: College students, especially those in group living circumstances or who engage in activities that may adversely affect their resistance to infection, are 3 to 4 times more likely than the general population to become ill with a life threatening meningococcal infection. Meningococcal vaccine is 85% effective against certain serotypes of these bacteria. At least one dose after 16 years of age is strongly recommended for college students in their 20's or younger & for some travel locations.
  • MMR Vaccine: Required of all SSU students born after 12/31/56. Strongly recommended for anyone who is not immune to Rubeola, Rubella & Mumps.
  • Polio Vaccine: Primary series with a booster often recommended in conjunction with foreign travel.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Vaccine: Completion of an initial childhood (or later) DPT or DTaP series and a Td or Tdap booster within the last 10 years. Since immunity to pertussis (whooping cough) is not permanent and because cases of pertussis are increasing, anyone who has not had a verifiable dose should do so now even if they had a recent Td booster.
  • Travel Immunizations: The above vaccines plus others such as Typhoid are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for individuals traveling to certain parts of the world. Those anticipating such travel may make a Travel medicine appointment with the Student Health Center Nurse Practitioner well in advance of travel to ensure adequate timing for the administration of all indicated vaccines.