To highlight the importance of immunizations throughout life—and to remind college students that they need vaccines, too—Lewis University is joining partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“This is the perfect opportunity to make sure our students are protected against diseases, like the flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV,” commented Michelle Ronchetti, director of Health Services.
Vaccinations required by the State of Illinois for college students include Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. The Illinois College Student Immunization Act (110-ILCS 20) requires all students enrolled in six or more credit hours per semester (on the Romeoville campus) to provide written evidence of current immune status with respect to certain communicable diseases. They are required to submit an up-to-date copy of an immunization record to the Health Services office on campus.
Every year, thousands of young adults in the U. S. suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations. The specific vaccines young adults need are determined by factors, such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel and previous vaccines.
To find out which vaccines are needed and distribution locations, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/index.html.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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