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Vaccinations and Immunizations

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Central College is concerned for the welfare of each student and the Central community as a whole. The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has specific immunizations recommendations for adults.  Following these recommendations, therefore, the college provides the following immunizations suggestions for each student entering Central College.  While Central College does not require proof of immunization/vaccination, all are highly recommended..

Measles, Mumps, Rubeola: Strongly Recommended

Many states require this set of immunizations through their public school systems. Central strongly encourages all new students (including transfers and internationals) born on or after January 1, 1957, to check with their physician for proof of immunization or immunity to measles, mumps, rubeola.  This immunization may be found on your immunization record listed as Measles, MMR, MR, or Rubeola (titer).  To be up-to-date with this vaccination, you should find proof of two measles and/or combination measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination dates. The first measles vaccination was, generally, administered after one year of age with the second measles vaccination was administered at least 28 days after the first vaccination.  You may also wish to check for proof of immunity to measles through a positive rubeola (measles) titer (physician administered) or history of measles disease.

Meningitis:  Vaccination Strongly Recommended

The state of Iowa requires that all colleges and universities provide information on the meningitis vaccination to incoming students.  This information is both sent and provided online (click here).  It is recommended by the CDC that all students living in residence halls receive this vaccination.  At Central this vaccination is very strongly recommended.  Upon arriving on campus each year students are asked to verify they have received the meningitis information.

Tuberculosis Testing:  Strongly encouraged for all students

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.  For basic facts on tuberculosis, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s tuberculosis page.  All international students are required to have a TB test within two (2) months of entering the US.

Tuberculosis screening is required of all incoming international students, taking place during your international health screening visit prior to departing your home ocuntry.

Other Highly Recommended Immunizations for all students