Vaccinations

In general, all undergraduate and international students attending Philadelphia University are required to receive:

 

Disease

Vaccination

Other acceptable proof of   immunity

Antibody titers   required for the general   population?

Antibody titers   required for Health Sciences   majors?

Varicella (chickenpox)

2 dose series required

Medical provider   documentation of disease

no

yes

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis

Last dose needs to be given after May 2005

N/A

no

no

Polio

Series needs to be completed, last dose of series to be documented

N/A

no

no

Measles/Mumps/Rubella   (MMR)

2 dose series required

N/A

no

yes

Hepatitis B

3 dose series

N/A

no

yes

Meningitis

Per PA law, required once in last 5 years if student will be living on campus

Students over the age of 25 may opt out of vaccine

no

no

Hepatitis A

Recommended, not required

 

 

 

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Recommended, not required

 

 

 

 

STUDENT HEALTH RECORD VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

If a student has waived the vaccine requirements, they may be at risk for developing a disease during an outbreak. Any student that is not immunized against an offending vaccine preventable disease on campus may be required to leave campus/classes until the outbreak is over or until proof of immunization is provided to Student Health.

Common questions regarding vaccines:

Where can I get a copy of my previous immunization records?

  • parent/guardian
  • schools that you attended in the past
  • healthcare providers that you have utilized in the past
  • state/city database

What if I cannot find any immunization records?

  • A healthcare provider can order titers (blood test) to see if you are immune
  • You can receive the vaccines and provide the recent vaccination record to Student Health

Where can I get needed vaccinations?

  • Healthcare provider in private practice
  • Convenience care clinic (e.g., Walmart, CVS MinuteClinic, Rite Aid Take Care Health, Drexel Convenience Care Clinic)
  • Local public health department
  • Student Health Center: students must pay to receive vaccinations at the SHC as soon as the semester starts. Insurance is not accepted for vaccines at the SHC. Students will receive a receipt that may be submitted to their health insurance for reimbursement.

Where can I get a copy of my vaccine records after I graduate from the University?

Immunization records that are submitted to the SHC get filed in a student’s personal chart and are protected under FERPA privacy guidelines.  Health records are stored for seven years after the student’s last semester enrolled. 

Quite often, a student may need to get a copy of their immunization record after he/she has graduated.  To obtain a copy of the record, please request and complete a Release of Authorized Information form by calling 215-951-2986 and fax it to 215-951-6867. 

Why does the University require vaccines?

 Philadelphia University Student Health Vaccine Policy Statement

The Philadelphia University Student Health Center (SHC) endorses the following statements:

* Vaccines (also called Immunizations) are crucial in the prevention of serious ill­ness. 

* Vaccines are safe.

* The recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control are fully endorsed by the SHC; all children and young adults should receive recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the ACIP:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/

* As outlined in available literature, evidence, and cur­rent research studies, vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental dis­abilities. Thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.

* Vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we per­form as health care providers, and that you can perform as an individual.  The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gather­ing on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and medical providers.

We do recognize that there has always been/may always be controversy surrounding vaccination. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that there is even a discussion as to whether or not they should be given. Due to “herd immunity” and the fact that vaccines are working so well to relieve contagious disease burden in the United States, many do not know of the problems these preventable diseases can cause and therefore may not be inclined to vaccinate since the immediate danger is not seen on a daily basis. 

Such a healthy society and environment may lead to complacency about receiving vaccinations.  This not only puts the unvaccinated individual at risk for contracting disease, but also puts society at risk by introducing a contagion that can affect even the vaccinated young, elderly, and immunocompromised.

We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to emphasize the importance of vaccinating yourself. Of course, the choice to vaccinate may be steeped in emotion, for you or your family members, but ultimately our hope is that you work to support your own health through vaccinations.  Not only will you be helping yourself, you will also be protecting those around you, whether it’s the people in your classroom, in your dorms, in the library or in the dining halls.

 As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults. Thank you for your time in reading this policy, and please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any one of us.

 

The above Policy template provided in part by the Immunization Action Coalition (www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2067.pdf • Item #P2067 (4/13)

For more information about vaccinations/immunizations:  www.immunize.org and www.vaccineinformation.org