Allergy injections provided by a private health practitioner may be given at Wick Primary Care at YSU. You must supply your own antigenic extract, plus written instructions from your allergist.
Nurses are not able to write any excuses.
Hepatitis B, and Tdap are available.
A Tuberculin test is available and is offered each weekday except for Thursday. Also, holiday weekends when the University is closed on a Monday, the test will not be given the Friday before.
- TB Test (Mantoux)
- Tdap (ADACEL)
- Hepatitis B (per dose - 3 dose series)
Due to Ohio Law, Substitute House bill number 142, all students residing in residence halls are required to inform the University of their meningococcal and Hepatitis B vaccination status.
Although there are no immunization requirements for enrollment at YSU, we strongly recommend you review your medical records and consider updating any missing immunizations. The following is a summary of the guidelines set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices: (See immunization requirements for international students below.)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): If you were born in or after 1957 two total doses are needed. Two doses are given at least 28 days apart after 12 months of age. If you were born before 1957, you are considered immune.
Wick Primary Care at YSU wants to re-stress the need to ensure immunity. Through proof of immunization is not mandatory, a strong recommendation is made for all students to have had two doses of MMR or proof of immunity by lab titer.
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccination: This vaccination is recommended annually for college students.
- Adacel (Tdap-Tetanus/Diptheria/acellular Pertussis): This is recommended as a one time, lifetime dose. It should replace a single dose of Td and be given to individuals between ages of 11- 64 years old regardless of the interval since the last Td booster.
- Tetanus/Diptheria (Td): Initially given as a series along with the pertussis component during infancy and childhood. A booster dose is needed every ten years beginning 5-10 years after receiving Tdap, until information on the further need of a Tdap booster is available.
- Hepatitis A: This vaccine is recommended for all students. It is given as a series of two injections 6-12 months apart.
- Hepatitis B: This vaccine is now required as a part of routine child health care and should be considered for all individuals not already immune. It is given as a series of three injections over a 6 month period.
- Varicella: Although this common childhood illness frequently resolves without difficulty, it can lead to serious and life threatening complications, especially as an adult. Vaccination is recommended for all college students without evidence of immunity. Evidence of immunity includes documentation of 2 prior doses given one month apart, physician diagnosed varicella or herpes zoster, persons U.S. born before 1980, or lab confirmation of immunity.
- Meningococcemia (Meningitis): This illness is a severe disease caused by the Neisseria meningitides bacteria. It can cause an overwhelming blood, brain, and spinal cord infection. Symptoms can be vague and non-specific, frequently resembling the flu, and can quickly lead to death or cause permanent disabilities. Students living in the residence halls are at high risk of contracting this disease because they live in close quarters. Exposure to active and passive smoking, alcohol consumption, and bar patronage also increases the risk. The American College Health Association recommends that students, especially those in residence halls, consider this vaccine. If initial dose was given at age 11-15 years of age, a booster dose is required. If initial dose was given at 16 years of age or older, no booster dose is required. Routine vaccination of people not at increased risk for exposure is not recommended after 21 years of age.
- HPV: Recommended for all males 9-26 years old and females 11-26 years old. It is given as a series of 3 injections over a 6 month period.
- Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Pneumonia): Recommended for young adults with chronic medical conditions such as pulmonary disease (including asthma and a history of smoking for ages 19-64 years old) or diabetes mellitus.
Immunization Requirements for International Students:
It is mandatory that you provide either proof that you have had a recent negative Tuberculosis (TB) test or that you have a test once you arrive at Youngstown State University. If you do not bring proof of a negative TB test, we will arrange for this testing during Orientation.
Please see the Student Health website for a memo from the doctor on immunizations.
You will be required to have the following vaccinations and must upload proof of immunizations to Youngstown State University.
- T-dap: One (1) adult dose in the last 10 years
- Hepatitis B: Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B OR lab report confirming immunity
- MMR: Two (2) doses of MMR (second one must have occurred on or after first birthday) OR Two (2) doses of Measles, Two (2) doses Mumps, and One (1) dose of Rubella OR lab reporting confirming immunity for each.
- Varicella: Two (2) doses of varicella OR Lab report confirming immunity
- Polio: Four (4) doses of IPV or OPV. Only required for those students who will be younger than 18 at the start of the semester.
- Meningococcal conjugate (ACWY): One (1) dose since age 16
If you will live on campus, you will be required to provide documentation to the University of your meningococcal and Hepatitis B vaccination status. This is a state law of Ohio.
NEW Steps to follow to get vaccinated:
- To receive a vaccination all student must schedule an appointment.
- Some vaccinations maybe covered under the mandatory fee, while others maybe billed to your personal insurance.
- Students living in University owned properties will be required to provide proof of immunization by logging into MedProctor.com with YSU email and download immunization form. Have the form completed by physican's office and upload directly to MedProctor.
Call Wick Primary Care at YSU at
330-747-4660 to schedule an appointment and the Housing office if you have any questions about the immunization requirement. For assistance with logging in MedProtor visit the Housing and Residence life website.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or other organisms and is potentially fatal.
What Increases the Risk for Meningitis?
- Living in Residence Halls — due to close living quarters. College freshmen living in a residence hall have a moderately higher increased risk.
- Sex. Males contract Meningitis more often than females.
- Family History. Some people may inherit the likelihood to develop Meningitis if they come in contact with the organisms that can cause the infection. Some people who have had Meningitis are also more likely than others to get it again.
- Kissing, sexual contact, or contact with infected blood can pass the organisms from one person to another.
- Smoking. Exposure to active and/or passive smoke.
- Alcohol use and bar patronage.
- For other factors that may increase your risk, discuss your medical history with your family doctor or a doctor at Wick Primary Care at YSU.
- The CDC recommends a booster if the primary dose was given at an age younger than 16 years.
New Ohio Law:
According to Ohio law as of July 5, 2005, a student will not be permitted to live on campus unless the student discloses to the University if he or she has, or has not been, vaccinated for Meningitis and Hepatitis B. This information is required on YSU housing applications.
YSU has no mandatory immunization requirements for admission, but other areas (Housing and Student Health Service) may require proof.
This information is for nonprofit educational use only. This information is provided as a general overview about meningitis and is not intended to replace the medical advice of a doctor. Always visit a medical professional to discuss YOUR personal health.