Your college bound young adult will soon be experiencing a whole new level of exposure to a flood of new people. With COVID-19 still present, there is a high probability that they may be in close contact with someone who is ill on a daily basis via classrooms, dorm rooms, and campus recreation centers. Thankfully, school immunization prerequisites have been updated to include COVID testing. As college vaccines and COVID testing are required, we want to make sure that you are as informed as possible. Check with the college for particular requirements. The information will be right on their websites. Here are the top 4 things you need to know about college vaccines and COVID testing:
1. Top vaccines that a college freshman will need
It will be helpful for them to have their immunization records on hand, as each situation will vary slightly. Past medical history notwithstanding, the two most important vaccines that most colleges require are the Meningitis (Meningococcal) and Hepatitis B vaccines.
Meningitis is a disease that has the potential to become life threatening very quickly, brought on by an inflammation of the brain and the spinal cord, and young adults sit in the age range with the highest vulnerability to this disease.
Hepatitis B is a blood-borne infection, and it is possible to contract it by means of sexual activity. Hepatitis B has lasting effects on the body which include long-term liver complications.
The other common vaccines that may be required by your college of choice are the combined tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine.
2. I’m taking care of my own medical responsibilities now; how do I find my medical history?
The majority of colleges will give you a health form to fill out before you attend. This will be your opportunity to visit your pediatrician, discuss, and possibly obtain your immunization records. But of course, you can always contact your family doctor at any time with questions regarding your medical history. They are always updated of the requirements and are usually stocked with the appropriate vaccinations.
3. COVID testing is now required for colleges in CT
According to the Connecticut Higher Education Report, the state recommends students going to school in Connecticut must test negative for COVID-19, preferably 72 hours, but no later than 14 days in advance of moving into their dorm. Commuter students in Connecticut are not required to get testing for COVID-19, but should still take safety precautions if someone on campus does get the virus. We also suggest that they get tested prior to returning to campus as well.
The Connecticut Higher Education report also suggests that out-of-state students get COVID-19 tests before they come to campus. They must test negative, and the test must be administered 72 hours prior, but no later than 14 days in advance of moving into their dorm room or, for non-residential students, when classes begin.
More information about COVID-19 testing for students returning to connecticut can be found here: https://buff.ly/2XJNYzt
4. Is it safe to visit a doctor’s office right now for my College Vaccines?
Visiting AFC Urgent Care Vernon can be much safer than visiting a crowded ER room or Primary care office right now. It also saves time and money, especially if you can’t get an appointment with your normal primary care doctor.
AFC takes infection control precautions every day to prevent the spread of all infections, including COVID-19. Our staff is fully equipped with the proper PPE including gloves, gowns, face-masks and shields, hair bonnets and shoe coverings.
We offer college vaccines for students returning to school in Connecticut and for students going away for school. We make sure that you’re healthy and are cleared for school this fall.
AFC Urgent Care Vernon can help with medical prerequisites for college
Have a college freshman or transfer student heading off to school? Be sure they’re up to date with their college vaccines and COVID testing. At AFC Urgent Care Vernon we are armed with all the vaccines and will keep your college student safe and healthy. We also offer ongoing COVID testing 7 days a week! COVID testing is quick and easy at AFC, and we can provide you with documentation needed prior to going to school. We are also here for you just in case you do happen to get the virus and are in need of retesting to be cleared for school.
For all other vaccinations or immunizations we recommend obtaining your medical records prior to walking in. That is always helpful and will save time, and if they have their college paperwork with the individualized requirements, make sure to bring that as well.
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