WKU Health Services : Immunization and Vaccines
WKU does not require any immunizations or proof of vaccination for admittance to the university. Please consult your health care provider for additional information and specific recommendations for your circumstances. We recommend students have a copy of their immunization records. In the case of an infectious disease outbreak, we may need immediate access to students immunization records.
WKU students can get a wide variety of immunizations at GGC@WKU. Students, faculty
and staff can also schedule travel, immunizations, and anti-malarial medication (as
appropriate) for travel abroad.
Click here to take an interactive quiz and find out what vaccines you need!
- Incoming Students (Recommended immunizations, tips about medical records and health insurance,
and a checklist of medical supplies to pack)
Vaccination for bacterial meningitis (a serious infection of the lining of the brain). It is recommended for all students, especially individuals living in the residence halls. New recommendations include a booster if more than 5 years since your initial immunization. Please view our Meningitis page for additional information.
Recommended for all people. It may be required for certain health care workers and health science students. 3 injections - first injection at any time, second injection 30 days after the first, third injection five months after the second. A signed waiver is accepted in lieu of vaccination for certain health care students. It is recommended that most patients receive the Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B (TwinRix) combination if they are beginning the vaccine series. Please view our Hepatitis page for additional information.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Two shot series are given in early childhood. May require proof of immunity for certain health care students, or in pregnancy. Proof of immunity against each infection may also be accepted. If you do not have documentation of 2 doses we strongly recommend that you check with your family doctor or local Health Department about getting the second dose prior to arriving at school.
Tdap - Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (whooping cough)
A booster is recommended every 10 years. If you have never received a pertussis booster you should have a Tdap booster as soon as possible. Otherwise a booster is recommended every 10 years. In the case of an injury, a booster is recommended every 5 years.
Tdap is a new type of tetanus booster including a Pertussis booster (known as Whooping Cough). This is intended as a one time booster for adults and may be given instead of the tetanus/diphtheria combination for both routine boosters and for use in injuries. To learn more click here.
The HPV Vaccine fights against certain strains of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 strains of the HPV virus, but a select sub-group is responsible for genital warts and cervical cancer. This vaccine offers protection against the multiple strains responsible for most cases of genital warts and multiple strains responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. The FDA now recommends this vaccine for all patients 9 to 26 years old. Please visit the CDC website for more information on HPV vaccines
Annual immunization for seasonal flu is now recommended for all patients. In times of vaccine shortages, patients with certain chronic medical conditions may receive priority for vaccination.
All adults who have never had chickenpox or have not received the vaccination should be vaccinated against it. Two doses of the vaccine should be given at least four weeks apart. Two separate injections, 4-8 weeks apart.
Pneumonia (Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV)
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. To prevent these potentially life threatening infections it is recommended that patients receive the vaccine. The PPSV is intended primarily for adults, although
children over 2 years of age with long term health problems should also receive the vaccine. GGC@WKU recommends this vaccine for everyone over the 65 years of age and anyone younger than 65 who has a chronic medical problem or who has exposure to tobacco. Please view CDC guidelines for additional information.
This is not a vaccine, but rather a test for exposure to tuberculosis. A TB skin test may be required for certain international studies, health sciences, and education students. Annual TB skin test or chest x-ray (for patients with a previous positive test) may be needed. If a patient has not received a TB test in last 12 months, a two-step test may be required. Documentation of treatment for positive results is required.