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The University requires all students to report their immunization history. You may complete this form online at the University Health Services' website at studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/immunizations/imm_submission.shtml. For additional information you may contact:

Immunization & Medical Records
Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-1975

Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

Penn State requires that all students born after 1956 have two measles, two mumps and one rubella shots. This is a mandatory requirement. If you cannot locate your immunization records, you have three options:

  1. You may receive two MMR booster shots
  2. You may have blood tests done to determine if you are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella.
  3. You may request an exemption.
Meningitis Vaccine

The law requires that all students living on campus must receive the menigococcal vaccination before residing in the Residence Halls. The Pennsylvania Department of Health in collaboration with the CDC recently made new recommendations.  All college students in communal housing are strongly encouraged to reduce their risk of infection by getting two meningitis vaccines by the age of 18.

We recommend that student who do not reside in Residence Halls consider receiving the vaccination.

Tuberculosis Test

The University requires that a tuberculosis skin test be done within the last 6 months for anyone at high risk for TB. High risk is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as anyone who is foreign born, persons with compromised immune systems, and persons who have come in close contact with infectious TB.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

At the current time, Penn State does not require that students have the Hepatitis B series, but the University does recommend that the students receive the vaccine.

Allergy Injections

Allergy/Desensitization Clinic is offered to students who have been seen by their private allergist. Students are required to bring their own serum and written documentation concerning injection schedule and dosing. Regulations require that a physician be available within the facility when allergy injections are given and that the student remain in the facility for 20 minutes after the injection to monitor the patient's response. The Health & Wellness Center offers the clinic on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Travel Immunizations

Hepatitis A, Tetanus, antimalaria medications can be provided to students traveling to high risk areas.

HPV Vaccine

Male and female students will be able to get the vaccine for prevention of cervical cancer at the Health & Wellness Center.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil, which is highly effective against four types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), including two that cause most cervical cancers.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S., with more than 20 million men and women currently infected and 6.2 million new infections each year. HPV is most common in men and women in their late teens and early twenties. By age 50, it is estimated that at least 80% of women will have acquired an HPV infection.

Many people refer to HPV as genital warts, but HPV includes over 100 viruses. One-third of these viruses cause genital problems that affect both sexes, such as genital warts on a man's penis or a woman's vagina or cervix. In a small number of women, cell changes in the cervix may be precancerous. Genital warts can appear as small hard spots or have a fleshy cauliflower appearance, but in other cases warts are not visible to the naked eye.

The FDA approved Gardasil for use in men and women ages 9 through 26, with routine immunization recommended for boys and girls ages 11 and 12 years old. Protection works best when given before a woman becomes sexually active, although it may also benefit women who are already sexually active and even those who already have one of the four types of HPV viruses that cause cervical cancer. As with all vaccines, it may not protect everyone who gets the vaccine and will not protect against types of HPV that are not contained in the vaccine.

Gardasil is given in a series of 3 injections, with dose 2 given 2 months after the first dose, and dose 3 given 6 months after the first dose. The most common side effects of the vaccine are pain, swelling, itching, redness at the injection site, and fever. Women who are allergic to any ingredient in the vaccine or who have an allergic reaction after the first dose should not receive the vaccine.

Immunizations are available by calling 814-949-5540 for an appointment.

Immunization Pricing (visit fee is additional)

  • HPV vaccine (Gardasil) $205
  • Influenza $24
  • Hepatitis A $56
  • Hepatitis B $62
  • Meningitis A $ 140
  • MMR $80
  • Pneumovax $167
  • TB skin test (PPD) $30
  • Tdap(tetanus, diptheria, pertussis) $58
  • Typhoid $106
  • Meningitis B $180.009

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