Student Health Center Immunizations
Immunizations prevent or reduce the likelihood of getting a disease. They should be part of your preventive health care and preparation for travel. Most immunizations are not mandatory for travel, but several vaccines are recommended for general travel or for particular destinations. Prices are subject to change during the school term.
- TB Screening
- All Claremont Colleges students are required to answer a TB screening questionnaire at the time of their entrance physical examination. Students determined to be at high risk of tuberculosis will require a TB skin test (PPD) and, if the skin test is positive, a chest x-ray or Quantiferon blood test. The skin test costs $15.00. Chest x-ray and Quantiferon blood test, if needed, cost $75 each. The Quantiferon blood test is the preferred screening for students who received the BCG vaccination.
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis B is recommended for all entering students at The Claremont Colleges. Sexually active persons are at highest risk for this serious liver disease. This immunization consists of a series of 3 shots spread over 6 months. The cost is $55.00 per shot and is highly recommended by Student Health Services.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that can cause jaundice, pain, weakness, nausea and vomiting. It can put you in bed or even the hospital — sometimes for months. Hepatitis A vaccine is an important immunization to have for travel; it is the most common disease among travelers that can be prevented by vaccination. This immunization consists of a series of 2 shots. The cost is $50.00 per shot.
Certain college students are at increased risk for meningococcal disease, a
potentially fatal bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis. In
fact, freshmen living in dorms are found to have a six-fold increased risk for
the disease. A U.S. health advisory panel recommends that college students,
particularly freshmen living in dorms, learn more about meningitis and
What is meningococcal meningitis?
Meningitis is rare. But when it strikes, this potentially fatal bacterial disease can lead to swelling of fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column as well as severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation and even death.
How is it spread?
Meningococcal meningitis is spread through the air via respiratory secretions or close contact with an infected person. This can include coughing, sneezing, kissing or sharing items like utensils, cigarettes and drinking glasses.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of meningococcal meningitis often resemble the flu and can include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting, lethargy and confusion.
Who is at risk?
Certain college students, particularly freshmen who live in dormitories or residence halls, have been found to have an increased risk for meningococcal meningitis. Other undergraduates can also consider vaccination to reduce their risk for the disease.
Can meningitis be prevented?
Yes. A safe and effective vaccine (Menactra) is available to protect against four of the five most common strains of the disease. The vaccine provides protection for approximately ten years. As with any vaccine, vaccination against meningitis may not protect 100 percent of all susceptible individuals. The American College Health Association (ACHA) recently issued a statement recommending that college students consider receiving the immunization. The vaccine is currently available at the SHS for $155.00. If you still have questions, you can contact Student Health Services or check out the ACHA web site.
The American College Health Association (ACHA) recently issued a statement recommending that college students consider receiving the immunization. The vaccine is currently available at the SHS for $155.00. If you still have questions, you can contact Student Health Services or check out the ACHA web site: http://www.acha.org/projects_programs/men.cfm.
- What is meningococcal meningitis?
- Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (Tdap)
- Most college students have completed a primary series against these childhood diseases. Boosters for diphtheria and tetanus are needed every 10 years to maintain protection. A new booster for pertussis was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The cost for the booster for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus is $70.00.
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Outbreaks of measles occasionally still occur on college campuses. Women of childbearing age should be sure they are immunized. Two doses of the MMR vaccine will ensure you are immune to these diseases. The cost for the MMR vaccine is $85.00; this immunization is required for entrance by The Claremont Colleges.
- The typhoid vaccine provides active immunity against the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. You should be vaccinated if you are in close contact with a person who has typhoid fever, are traveling to an area where typhoid fever is common, or work in a lab where you may come in contact with salmonella typhi. This vaccination is available in injectable ($80.00) or oral forms ($70.00).
- An inactivated polio vaccine is offered for travel. The cost for the one-dose polio vaccine is $50.00.
- Yellow Fever
- Certain countries require an official International Certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination before you can enter. A list of countries requiring this vaccine is available at SHS. The cost of the vaccine is $125.00.
- HPV Vaccine (Gardasil)
- Gardasil is the first vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer, precancerous genital lesions and genital warts due to HPV (human papilloma virus). This vaccine is recommended for females 9-26 years of age. It is given in a series of three injections over a six month period. Gardasil is now available at Student Health Services for $185.00 per injection. Please schedule an appointment to see a healthcare provider at Student Health Services to discuss and begin your Gardasil vaccine series.
- Related Web Sites
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- The Hepatitis Information Network (Hepnet)