There are a lot of todos to handle before you begin college. One of the most important items on your list, however, should definitely be to figure out which vaccinations are recommended for college students. And it's important to start looking into them as soon as you can. But where should you begin, given that some vaccinations might need to be given in a series? But where should you begin? What resources are reliable? Check with your college or university. Your school can be one of the best places to check when trying to figure out which vaccines are recommended for students. Their recommendations might vary, too, depending on whether you live on or off campus. For example, some of the campuses may not just recommend but may instead actually require you to have certain vaccinations if you plan on living in the residence halls.  Make sure you know and have been vaccinated in advance. Your registration or other key logistics might be held up as you scramble to get vaccinated ASAP in case you aren't sure what -- if anything -- is recommended or required for your college or university. They should be able to provide the information you need or redirect you to another office that can.

 

Vaccines needed for college class

Check with your academic and cocurricular programs.  For example,  you're going to be in a nursing program and will be spending time with patients, or you will be traveling abroad to do research or participate in a spring break program, your vaccination requirements might be quite different than students who aren't involved in such activities. Check out your program's website or email a professor or administrator who coordinates student involvement with the program in case you aren't sure what you need.  They should be able to advise what you need and by when you'll need it. You don't want to not be able to do rounds in your nursing program, for example, simply because you didn't ask in advance what kind(s) of vaccinations you'd need done before the first day of classes. Check with the health department in your school's surrounding area.  There might be recommendations from a local-to-your-school health department in case you're heading to college in an area different from where you are now. One of the most reliable resources can be the CDC. They have an extensive library of information that is kept up to date, especially during times of outbreaks. In particular, they have a specific section of their website. Leaving for school far away doesn't mean you can't still use your resources back home. Check with your primary care physician to see what kinds of vaccinations he or she would recommend before you start or return to school. He or she is likely to know what current outbreaks are as well as what is best for your particular situation. Ideally, too, it will be a bit easier to get an appointment -- and any needed vaccines -- with your primary doctor before you leave for or begin school than it will be with a new doctor or student health center after you've started classes.