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College students encouraged to get vaccinations

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The start of new school year is just a couple of weeks away. While many college students are picking up their dorm room essentials many are forgetting about one item that could ensure a healthy school year. Students are being encouraged to get their vaccinations.

Every year college campuses face an increased risk of outbreak, everything from meningitis, to mumps, to the flu.

Marsha Platt, a Public Health Nurse for the Black Hawk County Health Department says just one virus can cause a number of problems for a young college student.

"We had a daughter who had that H1N1 flu and was out for a week and that's a long time to miss out on classes during college time," said Platt.

It's up to the college or university as for what vaccines are required.

"Some of the state schools recommend only two MMR's, which are required before they start. Some of the private colleges recommend or require an MMR, the tetanus shot, meningitis shots, and polio shots. It just varies drastically between each university or college," said Platt.

While you can always get a vaccination from your doctor there are other options available.

"In Waterloo-Cedar Falls area and Black Hawk County we have a Success Street School based clinic that appointments can be made for a physical and vaccines and then also check with their college student health center to see if they have vaccines available on campus," said Platt.

Officials with the University of Northern Iowa Student Health Clinic are already planning a flu shot clinic. It is currently scheduled for the end of September.

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