Welcome to Youngstown State University! The staff at the Mercy Health Student Heath Center is committed to providing you with quality up-to-date medical care and addressing your health care needs. Our goal is to assist you in developing the healthiest lifestyle possible, and a large part of this is dependent on preventive care. Immunizations against vaccine-preventable diseases are key to this approach.
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:
- 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.
The Mercy Health Student Heath Center 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.
If you have any questions, please call us at (330) 941-3489. Our nurses are available during semester weeks from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our doctors will be happy to see you by appointment at no cost.