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Recommended Immunizations for Post-Secondary Students

University students often live in close contact with others both in residences and in shared living off campus.  This can increase the risk of the spread of infections and contagious illnesses that can significantly affect student health, academics and life at university. 

Immunizations can help prevent serious illnesses, including measles, mumps, meningitis and whooping cough, which have been circulating in recent months on campuses in Ontario.

Please review your immunization history with your health care provider before coming to Queen’s.

When at Queen’s, you can book an appointment with Student Health Services to get advice about immunizations.

Student Health Services, in consultation with KFL&A Public Health, recommends that all students be immunized against the following illnesses and other available vaccines that are recommended by your health care provider. For further information please visit Ontario Routine Immunization Schedule

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

Measles, mumps and rubella are highly contagious viral infections.
For students born in or after 1970 check to see that you have documentation of 2 doses of the MMR immunization given after your first birthday or get laboratory evidence of immunity.  For students born before 1970, administration of 1 dose of MMR vaccine should be considered.

Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (Tdap)

This immunization protects you from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).  Students should have documentation of at least 3 doses of a vaccine containing tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis/polio as a child and then a booster of Tdap at age 14-16.  Individuals over 18 should have at least one additional Tdap followed by a Td every 10 years.

Influenza (flu)

The best way to prevent getting and spreading the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year in the fall.  The vaccine is free in Ontario and widely available, including in pharmacies around Queen’s campus and at Health Services.

Meningoccocal (Bacterial meningitis)

To get protected against bacterial meningitis, the Men-C-ACYW-135 vaccine is recommended for adolescents and young adults. The 4CMenB vaccine can also be considered.  Please talk to your health care provider about these vaccines.