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Your overall health can play a crucial role in college success. Stress levels ebb and flow throughout the semester, and often responsibilities as a student and young adult can be overwhelming. Concordia has resources available to support your health and wellness during the busy and often challenging years of college.
State law requires that we have your immunization record. Please submit this information prior to registration.
All universities and colleges are required by Minnesota Law (M.S.135A.14) to maintain immunization records for each student. Minnesota law requires all college students to be immunized for Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) within the past 10 years. College students born after 1956 must be immunized for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) after the age of 12 months. Please provide this information before registration and your arrival on campus.
Minnesota does not yet require Hepatitis B or Meningitis immunizations, but the American College Health Association and Center for Disease Control highly recommends that students receive them (See information below). Please discuss this with your health care provider. If you have had these immunizations, please provide the dates for them also.
Also known as meningitis, it is a bacterial infection of the brain and spinal cord coverings. It is a very serious and life-threatening infection.
About 2,800 people get meningococcal disease each year in the U.S. About 10-15% of these people die. Of those who recover, 10% experience serious long-term effects such as hearing loss, diminished mental capacity, loss of fingers or toes, seizures and other nervous system problems.
How does meningococcal disease spread?
Meningococcal disease is spread by close or direct contact with secretions from the nose and throat. Kissing, sharing silverware, drinking directly from the same container, sharing a cigarette or lipstick, and coughing are examples of how it spreads.
What are the symptoms of meningitis?
Symptoms of meningococcal meningitis can include a high fever, headache, a very stiff neck, confusion, nausea, sensitivity to light, vomiting, and exhaustion. A rash may also develop.
You may become seriously ill very quickly, so contact your student health service or health care provider immediately if you have 2 or more of these symptoms.
How can I protect myself from getting meningococcal disease?
Wash your hands often and avoid sharing silverware, drinking containers, lip stick/gloss and smoking materials. There is a vaccine that can prevent meningococcal disease.
What should I know about the meningococcal vaccine?
The vaccine is highly effective (85-100%) at preventing 4 of the 5 major strains of bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis. Only one dose of the vaccine is needed.
A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of the meningococcal vaccine causing serious harm is extremely small. Getting the vaccine is much safer than getting the disease. The vaccine is recommended by the American College Health Association, the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
How can I learn more about meningococcal disease and the vaccine?
Ask your student health service or your health care provider.
Call your local health department’s immunization program or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 1-800-232-2522.
Visit the following sites:
Anyone can get meningococcal disease, but college freshmen living in residence halls are at increased risk. Please discuss this with your health care provider and consider getting immunized.
Transmitted by: Having close personal or sexual contact with an infected person; Contaminated food or water
Infection Complications: Severe liver infection and sickness for up to 6 months.
There is a vaccination to protect you.
Transmitted by: Infected blood or body fluids (semen, vaginal secretions); Tattoos and/or body piercings; Passing from mother to child in birth; Sharing toothbrushes, razors, tweezers (objects with blood); Unsafe sex; Sharing needles and/or syringes; Snorting cocaine
Infection Complications: Severe liver infection (long term); Cirrhosis (liver damage); Liver cancer
There is a vaccine (series of 3) available and recommended for college students.
Transmitted by: Sharing needles and/or syringes; Contact with infected blood
Infection complications: Long-term liver infection; Cirrhosis (liver damage/liver failure); Liver cancer
There is no available vaccine for Hepatitis C
Protect Yourself from Infection
Practice good personal hygiene. Wash hands after using bathroom, before eating or preparing food. Don’t inject street drugs or anabolic steroids. Don’t use needles, razors, toothbrushes, tweezers, earrings, etc. that aren’t yours. Practice abstinence, monogamous relationship, safer sex. When traveling to developing country, drink boiled or bottled water, no ice or unpeeled fruit or vegetables. Get Hepatitis A immunizations before travel to these places. Get immunizations for Hepatitis B before arriving at college.
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