Health Center - Required Immunizations
With a commitment to the health and safety of all members of our campus community, Evergreen has implemented a policy regarding proof of measles (Rubeola) immunity for all new students. All students must provide a copy of their medical or immunization record showing two doses of Measles (Rubeola) vaccine (usually referred to as the "MMR vaccine"). The doses must have been given after 1/1/68, given at least 30 days apart, and on or after 12 months of age.
We have provided a form to use as documentation of immunity which also includes a waiver you may sign in the event religious, personal, or medical reasons prevent you from vaccination.
Many students opt to sign the waiver to avoid tracking down past medical records or getting injections. Should a Measles outbreak occur, these students will have to leave campus for a minimum of two weeks. This may result in missed classes or coursework that you may not be able to make up. If you are a student employee working on campus, you may end up missing work and will not receive compensation for time lost.
Measles continue to have a presence in the United States, affecting primarily young adults. There have been twelve confirmed cases of Measles in King County this year. Between 1989-1991, there were 352 cases of Measles, two of which resulted in death. Both cases involved individuals in their early thirties. Since 1995 there have been three Measles outbreaks on college campus': two in western Washington and one in Vancouver, British Columbia. All of these had a tremendous impact on the students, faculty and staff of these institutions. The outbreaks that occurred last year did not involve college campuses, but were travel related. In one of the cases a young man traveled from Italy, to London, to Chicago, to Sea-Tac while infected with Measles. Due to such cases, the CDC now recommends that anyone considering travel outside the U.S. have proof of Measles immunization. Many employers, especially those in Health, Medicine, Teaching and Childcare are mandating Measles immunization as a condition of employment.
In Washington State, it is a requirement of all K-12 students to provide documentation of immunity. Due to enforcement of such policies, most freshmen entering college are already immunized against Measles. So, please take a few moments to check your immunization status. Print and fill out the Documentation of Immunity / Waiver Form and return it either to the Health Center or Registration and Records prior to THE BEGINNING OF FALL QUARTER, it will be well worth it!
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that college students and parents learn about meningococcal meningitis and the potential benefits of vaccination.
The student Health Center offers the following vaccines to interested students:
- Hepatitis A (series of 2) $38 per injection Free* to students 18 & under
- Hepatitis B (series of 3) $48 per injection Free*to students 19 & under
- HPV (series of 3) Free*to students 18 & under
- Influenza $14*
- Meningococcal vaccine Free* to those 18 & younger
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Free* to students born in or after 1957
- Tdap $46 Free*to students 18 & under
- TST (tuberculin skin test) $7
- Typhoid (oral) $48
- Yellow Fever Vaccine and the International Certificate of Vaccination $134
- *All injections subject to a $5 injection fee