Child and Adolescent Immunizations

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FAQs for Adolescent Immunization

I will be attending college in Georgia; what immunizations are required?
The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia develops and implements immunization policy for public colleges and universities. This policy is consistent with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations. To learn more about which vaccines are required and which vaccines should be considered for students attending a Georgia public college, please visit the University of Georgia's student services immunization policy website. Private colleges in Georgia develop and implement immunization policies individually for their campuses. Please contact the private college directly to inquire about their immunization requirements.

Do college students need to have the meningitis vaccine?
There are 2 kinds of meningitis vaccine, a polysaccharide vaccine, and a conjugate vaccine. The meningococcal conjugate vaccine is recommended for college freshmen living in dormitories. But if this form of the vaccine is unavailable, the polysaccharide vaccine may be given to those who wish to be vaccinated. In January 2004 a law went into effect in Georgia, requiring public and nonpublic post-secondary educational institutions to give students residing in campus housing information about meningococcal disease and vaccine. In addition, students are required to sign a document provided by the post-secondary institution stating that he or she has received a vaccination against meningococcal disease or that they have received information about meningitis and the vaccine.

My daughter received the hepatitis B vaccine series when she was in elementary school. She is going to college now---shouldn't she have a booster dose of the vaccine?
No. For those with normal immune status, booster doses are not recommended, nor is routine blood testing necessary to evaluate immune status. The need for subsequent boosters at some future time will continue to be evaluated as additional information becomes available.

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