Students, are you up to date with all of your vaccinations?

Getting vaccinated protects not only you and your health, but it also helps protect the health of your roommate, your friends, and others who may not be able to receive a vaccination due to age or health reasons.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Always bring student ID, insurance card, and co-pay to each visit.

Student Health Services offers the following vaccines to WVU students:

  • Tdap
  • Td
  • PPD
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Hepatits A
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B
  • Gardisil
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Varicella
  • Pneumonia Vaccine

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human Papillomavirus is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Some types can lead to cancer, especially cervical cancer.

HPV is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus.

A common symptom of HPV is genital warts. In some cases, cancer may develop but remain undetected until it is advanced and very hard to treat. College freshmen living in dorms are particularly at risk, but vaccines can help prevent HPV infection.

Can cause the following:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Penile cancer
  • Anal cancer
  • Cancer of the back of the throat (oropharynx)
  • Genital warts

Hepatitis B (HEP B)

Hepatitis B causes a contagious liver disease that can lead to cancer and cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. It is spread by infected blood, semen, or other body fluid entering the body of a person who is not infected.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

The MMR vaccine can successfully immunize children and adults from all three highly contagious diseases.

Measles
Causes fever, rash, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes; can lead to ear infection, diarrhea, pneumonia, brain damage, and death.

Mumps
Causes fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen salivary glands; can include swelling of the testicles or ovaries, deafness, inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (encephalitis/meningitis) and, rarely, death.

Rubella
Causes fever, sore throat, rash, headache, and red, itchy eyes; during pregnancy, can cause miscarriage or serious birth defects.

Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria infecting the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord. College freshmen living in dorms are particularly at risk.

Vaccines can help prevent meningococcal disease.

It is caused by bacteria infecting areas around the brain and spinal cord and spread through the exchange of respiratory secretions. Common symptoms of meningitis include: stiff neck, headache, and high fever.  Infection can lead to:

  • Brain damage
  • Disability
  • Rapid death

Prevention Tip
Do NOT share items that have touched someone else’s mouth, such as cups, bottles, cigarettes, lip balm, and eating utensils.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (TDAP)

Due to good immunization programs, tetanus and diphtheria are rare in the United States today but are still serious diseases. However, pertussis is common and a highly contagious respiratory tract infection.

College freshmen living in dorms are particularly at risk of contracting any of these diseases. Vaccines can help prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis diseases.

Tetanus
Causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness all over the body, which can make it difficult to swallow or breathe.

Diphtheria
Can cause a thick coating to form in the back of the throat; leading to breathing problems, heart failure, paralysis, and death.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
The virus causes severe coughing spells, which can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep. It can also lead to weight loss, incontinence, and rib fractures.

Adult Tetanus And Diphtheria (TD)

The vaccine can protect adolescents and adults from tetanus and diphtheria. It is usually given as a booster dose every 10 years but can also be given earlier after a severe and dirty wound or burn.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

The varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is very contagious and causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. It spreads easily in the air through:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters

Please call us for more information, or visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) site.