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Immunization Information

Immunization Requirements

The UCM Board of Governors, per recommendation of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requires all UCM students and employees to provide documentation of specific immunizations as appropriate. Click here to view the Board of Governors policy.

You cannot submit records until you are an enrolled student at UCM.

Immunization documents required for compliance:

 

MMR

Documentation of two vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) is required.

Tuberculosis

Documentation of a negative history for active tuberculosis (TB) is required. Students must complete the online Tuberculosis (TB) Screening form to meet the TB requirement (see "Submitting Your Documentation" below). University Health Center personnel will analyze the completed form and determine if TB testing or further documentation is required. The screening can be performed at the University Health Center for currently enrolled students.

Meningococcal Disease 

The State of Missouri requires that all students living in University Housing must receive the meningococcal vaccine. UCM requires documentation of at least one MCV4/MPSV4 vaccine given on or after the student's 16th birthday, if student is living in housing.

The Missouri Revised Statutes, section 167.638, states that each public institution of higher education shall provide a copy of the state's Meningococcal Disease fact sheet to all students; and if the student is under 18 years of age, to the student's parent or guardian. Click here to read the fact sheet and learn more about the disease.

Submitting Your Documentation

We strongly encourage students to submit their immunization documentation online. Go to ucmo.medicatconnect.com, use your MyCentral log in, and click on "Immunizations" and "Enter Dates." Once you are there, follow the instructions to submit your records.

If for some reason you cannot enter your immunization records via the above system, you may email them to uhc@ucmo.edu or mail them to:

University of Central Missouri
600 S. College, UHC 229
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Failure to Comply

Students who fail to comply with the UCM immunization policy will have a hold put on their enrollment for the next semester. 

Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious/philosophical reasons; please fill out an exemption form if it applies to you. Please submit this form via ucmo.medicatconnect.com, and choose "Upload." This form may also be emailed to uhc@ucmo.edu or mailed to the above address.

Need immunizations? Have questions?

Contact us at 660-543-4770 or e-mail uhc@ucmo.edu.

UCM Employees: Contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-543-4255 for information about submitting your immunization forms.

Immunizations We Provide

We provide the below immunizations and tests to students at the University Health Center, for a reasonable charge. Please call the front office at 660-543-4770 for more information.

We do not provide immunizations to employees. Please call the Office of Human Resources for more information: 660-543-4255.

Required Immunizations/Assessments

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

UCM students are required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Acceptable documentation includes proof of 2 doses of the MMR vaccine or an MMR blood titer showing immunity.

Measles is a serious disease caused by a virus. Measles symptoms are rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever. It can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death.

Mumps is a serious disease caused by a virus. Mumps symptoms are fever, headache, and swollen glands. It can also lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal corn covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and rarely, death.

Rubella (German measles) is a serious disease caused by a virus.  Symptoms of Rubella are rash, mild fever, and arthritis (mostly in women). If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.

You or your child could catch these diseases by being around someone who has them. They spread from person to person through the air.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine (MMR) can prevent these diseases. The MMR vaccine comes in one combination shot. Children should have 2 doses of the MMR vaccine and most adults only need one dose.

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Tuberculosis (TB)

UCM students are required to complete a risk assessment for exposure to tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterial infection. TB is transmitted through the air by a person with active TB. A person with active TB is contagious to others and is required to undergo treatment with antibiotics, and sometimes isolation.

Some symptoms of TB are persistent cough, fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, fever, night sweats, coughing up blood, and shortness of breath. Anyone can get TB, however TB can be cured by taking several drugs for six to twelve months. There is no vaccine for TB, however a TB test can be done to determine if you have the disease.

Testing is available by appointment at the University Health Center. A TB test must be read within 48 to 72 hours or results will not be valid. If follow up appointment is missed, a second TB test will have to be performed at patient's cost.

For additional information on TB and testing, see the following site: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/testing/skintesting.pdf.

Meningococcal (Bacterial Meningitis)

UCM students living in university residence halls are required to show proof of immunity for meningitis A, C, Y, and W.

Meningococcal (meningitis) disease is caused by bacteria. Meningococcal disease can be spread through respiratory or throat secretion: coughing, kissing, etc. 

The most common symptoms are headache, rigid and/or stiff neck and spine, nausea and/or vomiting, fever, and behavioral changes. Despite treatment with antibiotics, 11-19% of people in the U.S. who get the disease lose arms and/or legs, become deaf, have problems with their nervous system, become intellectually disabled, or suffer seizures or strokes. Also, 10-15% of those infected die from the disease every year. Because invasive Meningococcal disease can progress rapidly into fatalities, early detection and prompt, intensive treatment with antibiotics are extremely important.

The meningococcal vaccine protects against four types of the disease; you must have received one dose of the vaccine after the age of 16 to be considered immunized. The UHC uses the MCV4 vaccine; however if you have had the MPSV4 vaccine that also meets university requirements.

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Optional Immunizations

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of persons with Hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing HAV; this is why it is very important to wash your hands after you use the bathroom. Hepatitis A can cause mild flu-like symptoms, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), and/or severe stomach pains, and diarrhea.

People with Hepatitis A infection often have to be hospitalized. In rare cases, Hepatitis A causes death. A person with Hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to others within the same household.

Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent hepatitis A. Two doses of the vaccine are needed for lasting protection. The doses should be given at least 6 months apart. 

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site:https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV is spread by contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. The most common ways to spread HBV is by having unprotected sex with an infected person, sharing needles when injecting illegal drugs, being struck with a used needle on the job, or during birth when the virus passes from an infected mother to her infant. About 33% of people who have HBV in the U.S. have no idea how they got it.

Symptoms of HBV are loss of appetite, tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin), or pain in the muscles, joints, and stomach. HBV can also lead to liver damage (cirrhosis), liver cancer, and even death.

Facts about HBV:

  • There is no cure for HBV.
  • About 1.25 million people in the U.S. have a chronic HBV infection.
  • HBV is 100 times more contagious than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • HBV is a resilient virus, which means it can remain infectious on certain surfaces for up to a month.

HBV can be prevented by the Hepatitis B vaccine. The Hepatitis B vaccine is usually given in 2-3 doses, depending on the age of the person getting the vaccine. The second dose is given at least one month after the first dose, and the third dose is given at least two months after the second dose and four months after the first dose. 

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a disease caused by the Human Papillomavirus. HPV is most commonly spread through sexual contact.

Most HPV infections do not cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. However, some people get visible genital warts (soft, moist, pink, or flesh-colored swellings), or have pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, vulva, anus, or penis. HPV infections sometimes result in anal, genital or oral cancers.

Some facts about HPV:

  • 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early 20's, are infected with HPV

  • 80% of people will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives

The HPV vaccine protects against nine major types of HPV, and can prevent most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is for males and females from ages 9-44 years of age and is given in three doses. The second dose is given two months after the first dose, and the third dose is given six months after the first dose. 

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (Flu) is a very contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. This disease is spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing.

Influenza symptoms are fever, chills, headache, sore throat, dry cough, runny nose and body aches. It can lead to pneumonia and can be very dangerous for people with heart and breathing problems. It can also cause high fever and seizures in children. Influenza kills about 36,000 people annually in the U.S., mostly among the elderly.

The Influenza vaccine can prevent influenza. A "flu shot" can be given at any time during the autumn or winter but is most effective when it is given from early October through December, before the flu season begins.

Are you at risk for influenza?  You should get a flu shot if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Immune disorders (i.e. long-term steroid use, HIV infection)
  • Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu season

Others who should be vaccinated:

  • Those living with a high-risk person (see list above)
  • Health care students and employees
  • Students living in a residence hall who would like to minimize their risk
  • Those 50 years of age or older
  • International travelers
  • Healthy children ages 6-23 months
  • Household contacts and caretakers for children age 0-23 months

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.pdf.

Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td) & Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

 Tetanus (lockjaw) is caused by bacteria that enters the body though a break in the skin (often a puncture wound or deep scratch). Tetanus causes painful muscle contractions all over the body including locking of the jaw, so an infected person cannot open their mouth or swallow. About 20% of people who get tetanus die.

Diphtheria is caused by bacteria passed from one person to another in the droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of diphtheria include sore throat, fever and swollen neck glands. As the disease progresses, a membrane is formed in the throat that can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and death. Since the U.S. government has made it mandatory for school-age children to receive this vaccine, the Diphtheria disease has almost been eliminated in the U.S.  

Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) are in a combination shot. 

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

There is also a new combination shot that includes the Pertussis vaccine with the Tetanus and Diphtheria vaccines (Tdap); Pertussis has been added to the tetanus and diphtheria combination. This new combination vaccine (Tdap) now helps protect against all three serious diseases.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is caused by bacteria passed from one person to another in the droplets released when an infected person coughs. Symptoms of Pertussis are severe coughing spells, whooping, and vomiting; as the disease progresses it can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures, pneumonia, passing out from violent coughing, and hospitalization due to complications. Most deaths occur among unvaccinated children or children too young to be vaccinated.

Adults should have a Td shot or the new Tdap shot with the Pertussis, once every 10 years to ensure protection. If you haven't had at least three Td shots in your lifetime, or if you're not sure if you have, you will need to complete your basic series of three shots and follow up with booster doses every 10 years. If you have received an injury or traveled outside of the U.S., it is advised that you be assessed for a booster every five to ten years. The new combination with the Pertussis has a similar regimen.

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

 Varicella (Chicken Pox) is very contagious and is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The varicella-zoster virus is spread from person to person through the air or by coming in contact with the fluid from the chickenpox blisters.

Symptoms of Varicella are an itchy rash, fever, and tiredness. Varicella can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage, or death. A person who has had chickenpox can get a painful rash called shingles years later. Before the Varicella vaccine, about 11,000 people were hospitalized and about 100 people died each year in the United States due to the varicella-zoster virus.

The Varicella vaccine comes in shot form. Children should have two doses of the Varicella vaccine before the age of six. People 13 years old and above (who have never had chickenpox or received the vaccine) should get two doses at least 28 days apart.

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Meningitis B

The UHC can provide the Meningitis B vaccine but you must make an appointment; call 660-543-4770 for questions or to set up an appointment for this vaccine.

Contact

University Health Center
600 S. College Ave.
Tel: 660-543-4770
Fax: 660-543-8222

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