What Vaccinations Do Young Adults Need?

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Much of the conversation on vaccines is geared toward infants and young children, but as back-to-school season quickly approaches, it’s important to remember that young adults, especially those going to college, need to be up to date on their vaccines, too.

Students in college often live in close quarters to one another, sharing dorm rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, making them more likely to come into contact with germs that can spread disease.

Vaccination requirements can vary by state and by school, so be sure to check the policies. Many larger universities follow the state vaccine requirements, but if you’re attending a smaller school, they may have a policy of their own. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends students be up-to-date on the following vaccines before beginning college:

  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
  • HPV
  • Flu

In addition, young adults should check with their health care providers on whether their childhood vaccinations are up to date. It’s a good idea to obtain a copy of your vaccination record so the information is easily accessible.

If you have questions or concerns surrounding these vaccines, or any aspect of your health care, schedule an appointment with your health care provider before you head to school this fall.


Shreya Wachob, D.O., specializes in pediatrics and sees patients from newborns to teens at MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant. She received her medical degree from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Michigan State University, Sparrow Hospital Pediatrics.

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  1. Tim Yaotome

    I never thought that a college student needs vaccines for bacterial meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, HPV, and the flu. Speaking of college, my daughter will be entering college next year and reading your article made me worried for her health. I will find the nearest clinic to have her immunized so that not only will she be able to study well but graduate healthy as well.

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