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Young Adult Immunizations

Young Adult Immunizations

19-24 years of age

young adults

Most vaccines are given early in childhood or early adolescence, but college students and young adults need certain immunizations, too. Speak with one of our Pharmacists today about the five shots every college student should get before heading back to campus.

These vaccines are specifically recommended for young adults ages 19 through 24.


Speak with our Pharmacist today!

Young Adult Immunizations
Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact with an infected person or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment. Hepatitis B can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby at birth.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for:

  • All infants, starting with the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine at birth
  • All children and adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not been vaccinated
  • People whose sex partners have hepatitis B
  • Sexually active persons who are not in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship
  • Persons seeking evaluation or treatment for a sexually transmitted disease
  • Men who have sexual contact with other men
  • People who share needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment
  • People who have close household contact with someone infected with the hepatitis B virus
  • Healthcare and public safety workers at risk for exposure to blood or blood contaminated body fluids on the job
  • People with end-stage renal disease, including pre-dialysis, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and home dialysis
  • Residents and staff of facilities for developmentally disabled persons
  • Travelers to countries with intermediate or high prevalence rates of hepatitis B
  • People with chronic liver disease
  • People with HIV infection
  • Unvaccinated adults with diabetes mellitus
  • Anyone who wishes to be protected from hepatitis B virus infection.
HPV vaccination

HPV vaccination is recommended for teens and young adults who did not start or finish the HPV vaccine series at age 11 or 12 years.

  • Young women under age 27 and young men under age 22 should be vaccinated.
  • Young men between the ages of 22 and 27 may be vaccinated and should discuss this with their doctor or nurse. Young men between the ages of 22 and 27 who have compromised immune systems or have sex with other men should also be vaccinated.
  • Even if it has been many years since a first or second dose of HPV vaccine, young adults should still complete the HPV vaccination series. The HPV vaccine series does not need to be restarted if there is a long gap in between doses.
Meningitis A

Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenA) helps protect against bacterial meningitis and may be required for certain college students (requirements vary by state).

  • First-year college students living in residence halls are recommended to be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine. If they received this vaccine before their 16th birthday, they should get a booster dose before going to college for maximum protection.
  • The risk for meningococcal disease among non-first-year college students is similar to that for the general population. However, MenACWY is safe and effective and therefore can be provided to non-first-year college students.
Meningitis B

Serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine can help prevent meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B.

  • These vaccines may be given to anyone 16 through 23 years old to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease; 16 through 18 years are the preferred ages for vaccination.
  • People at risk because of a serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak.
TDap

Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or whooping cough.

  • A single dose of Tdap is routinely recommended for preteens and teens (preferably at age 11-12 years); however, adults 19 or older who did not receive Tdap as a preteen or teen should receive a single dose of Tdap.
  • Tdap is especially important for pregnant women and those in close contact with infants. Pregnant women should receive a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks to maximize that amount of protective antibodies passed to the baby, but the vaccine can be safely given at any time during pregnancy. New mothers who have never gotten Tdap should get a dose as soon as possible after delivery.
  • Tdap can be given no matter when Td (tetanus and diphtheria vaccine) was last received. HPV vaccine protects against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes most cases of cervical and anal cancers, as well as genital warts.