Remember your Vaccinations

Vaccines are good protection even after you have graduated from high school. Vaccines are needed throughout your adult life as well to help you stay healthy. Over time, immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off and you may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases due to your job, hobbies, travel, or chronic health condition.

recently, the office of Student Health at Vanderbilt University sent an email to graduate and professional students “to remind them of the importance of chickenpox vaccinations in light of three confirmed cases in the past six weeks. The email provided information about chickenpox and recommended that the students receiving the email look into their chickenpox history.”

According to Matt Bumbalough, manager of Patient Care Services at Student Health, only upperclass and graduate/professional students received the message “since some students in this age range may not be completely vaccinated because of the timing of the vaccine recommendations during these students’ childhoods.”

According to the CDC, these vaccines are recommended for adults ages 19-26:

  • Seasonal flu vaccine which protects against influenza. (for all adults every year)
  • Td vaccine, which protects against tetanus. (for all adults every 10 years)
  • Tdap vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough). (for all adults once instead of Td vaccine)
  • HPV vaccine which protects against the human papillomaviruses that cause most cervical cancers, anal cancer, and genital warts. (for women up to age 26 years and men up to age 21 years; men 22-26 may also need HPV vaccine based on other risk factors)