YVCC requires certain immunizations prior to admission to help protect your health and the health of all our students.
- MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella) Only for students born after 12/31/56. Requires two immunizations.
- DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) Requires last booster dose within the past ten years.
You have a right to refuse the required immunizations based on religious, personal, or medical reasons.
YVCC encourages all students to obtain:
- Hepatitis B - Recommend series of three immunizations
- Polio - Recommend series of at least three immunizations
- Tuberculosis has been of increasing concern in the United States. We recommend that you see your health care provider for symptoms of persistent cough or fever prior to coming to YVCC. You may need a skin test and/or a chest x-ray.
Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine:
Meningococcal meningitis is the leading cause of life-threatening meningitis in young adults in the U.S. It strikes about 3,000 people each year with 300 deaths. College students account for about 125 cases and 15 deaths. The infection is spread by air droplets like the flu and has flu-like symptoms initially. Symptoms can progress rapidly and lead to shock or death in hours. The risk for young adults ages 18-23 is 1.5 in 100,000. College students are not at higher risk than non-students, except for freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls (4.6 in 100,000). Meningococcal disease usually peaks in late winter and early spring. The disease can easily be misdiagnosed as something less serious, because symptoms are similar to the flu. The most common symptoms include high fever, headaches, neck stiffness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, lethargy and/or rashes. Anyone with similar symptoms should contact a physician immediately.
The vaccine is safe and available through your own doctor. Side effects are uncommon and usually mild. The vaccine will cause immunity in about 90% of individuals but is ineffective against one stereotype of meningococcus which causes about 30% of the cases. The vaccination lasts three to five years and costs approximately $65.
General immunization has not been recommended since the incidence of meningococcal disease is low. However, the American College Health Association recommends that parents and students, especially freshmen and dormitory residents who want to reduce their risk of disease, consider the benefit of vaccination. Students without a spleen or who are immunodeficient should consider vaccination.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local health department or the Yakima County Health Department.