Many of you have already been vaccinated for the following list of diseases. If you haven’t, we recommend getting vaccinated. Please contact us if you would like more specific information about any of these immunizations.  All of these immunizations and the TB test are available at the student health center.  Our vaccines are provided at the lowest possible cost.

Meningococcal Meningitis
Maine State public health law requires that college and university students receive information from their institutions about meningococcal meningitis and the vaccine that protects against most strains of the disease that can occur on university campuses. Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but very serious and sometimes deadly infection. There is a somewhat higher risk among young adults living in communal housing such as residence halls.  A vaccine, Menactra, provides protection against some, but not all, of the known types of the disease.  The vaccine is available through many doctors’ offices and the UMF Student Health Center. You can find more information from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) at: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html  We recommend that you discuss this vaccine with your parents and/or health care provider, and make an informed decision.

Influenza
Influenza, the flu,may be prevented by yearly vaccination. College students are at risk for getting and spreading influenza illness.  We recommend this vaccine for all UMF students and staff.  Flu shots will be available in the Health Center during the fall semester.

Hepatitis B

 Vaccination is a series of three shots and is now a part of routine childhood immunizations. Hepatitis B causes inflammation of the liver which in some cases can cause chronic illness, cancer, or death.  The vaccine effectively prevents the infection and provides lifelong immunity when all three shots are given.  We can complete the series or start it if you were not vaccinated before college.

Hepatitis A
Vaccination is a series of two shots, and is recommended for international travelers, men having sex with men, and people with chronic liver disease due to Hepatitis B and C.

Varicella (chickenpox)
Vaccine is recommended for anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated or hasn’t had chickenpox as a child.  If you’re not sure, you can have a blood test done to see if you’re immune. We recommend this vaccine for anyone who has no evidence of immunity since chickenpox can be quite severe in adolescents and adults.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Vaccination is recommended for girls and young women up to age 26.  Its purpose is to prevent infection with HPV, the virus responsible for cervical cancer and genital warts.  There are many strains of this virus, the vaccine protects against four strains that are responsible for 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts.  It is not a substitute for regular pap smears or practicing safer sex with condoms.

Phone us at (207) 778-7200 or e-mail tshaw@maine.edu for additional information.