Immunization Information

Requesting Your Immunization Record

If you wish to obtain a copy of your immunization record, please send an email to health@southeastern.edu.  In the email, state your name, student ID# and tell us what you are requesting.  Please also let us know if you have ever been a patient at the health center.  We will attach it and email it back to you.  If you turned in SLU's compliance form, that is not your immunization record.  A copy of your complete immunization record can usually be obtained from your local parish health unit or your phyician's office.

 

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Two (2) doses of measles vaccine; at least one dose each of rubella and mumps vaccine; and a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (AT LEAST 10 YEARS CURRENT)

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Requirement:
Two (2) doses of live vaccine given at any age, except that the vaccine must have been given on or after the first birthday, in 1968 or later, and without Immune Globulin. A second dose of MMR vaccine must meet this same requirement, but should not have been given within 30 days of the first dose. Titers will be accepted for this requirement.

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Requirement (Td or Tdap):
A booster dose of vaccine given within the past ten (10) years. Students can be considered to have completed a primary series earlier in life, unless they state otherwise.

Meningitis Requirement:
All students must show proof of two (2) doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccination separated by at least eight weeks.  If the first dose is administered AFTER age 16, a second dose is NOT required.

Meningitis disease is a serious disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The disease is spread through droplet transmission from the nose or throat, such as sneezing or coughing, and direct contact with oral secretions of an infected individual. This includes such things as kissing, sharing drinks, food, utensils, cigarettes, lip balm or any object that has been in someone else’s mouth. Because meningitis is a grave illness and can rapidly progress to death, it requires early diagnosis and treatment. This is often difficult because the symptoms closely resemble those of the flu and the highest incidence of meningitis occurs during late winter and early spring (flu season). When not fatal, meningitis can lead to permanent disabilities such as hearing loss, brain damage or loss of limbs.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommend that college students, particularly freshmen living in dormitories, are at a greater risk for meningitis that the general population. Behavior and social aspects of college life-style activities such as living in dormitories, bar patronage, smoking and irregular sleep habits put these students at greater risk.
Who should not get the vaccine: people who have had Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome; over 55 years old; pregnant or suspect that you may be; allergic to thimerosal, a substance found in several vaccines; have an acute illness, with fever (101oF or higher).
Reactions to the vaccine may include pain, redness, and induration at the site of injection, headache, fatigue, and malaise. The vaccine is contraindicated in person with known hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine or to latex, which is used in the vial stopper. Because of the risk of injection site hemorrhage, the vaccine should not be given to persons with any bleeding disorder or to persons on anticoagulant therapy unless the potential benefit clearly outweighs the risk of administration. A few cases of Guillain-Barre’ syndrome, a serious nervous system disorder, have been reported among people who received the vaccine. As with any vaccine, there is a possibility of an allergic reaction.

This vaccination is available at private physician offices, Health Units and most pharmacies with a prescription from your doctor. Cost of vaccine varies.


View and Print the Proof of Immunization Compliance Form

 

For further information on Immunizations visit:

Center for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov

American College Health Association http://www.acha.org