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The Health Center

Contact Information

Veronica Hall
Phone: 610.568.1467
Fax: 610.796.8422
h&w@alvernia.edu

Appointment Hours
Monday – Friday

9:00 - 12:00 PM

1:00 - 4:00 PM

 
 

Overview

Vaccines are an important part of preventive care throughout life from infancy through adulthood.  Vaccinations/Immunizations help prevent many serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases.  Immunizations are most often given as injections and are often given in a series of three or more shots over months or years.

Check with your doctor regularly to make sure youare current on all of your shots.  Take a moment to review the current adolescent and adult immunization recommendations.

Alverna University's Required Immunizations

For the safety of all our students, Alvernia University requires the following immunizations.  Our requirements are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  If for any reason your are unable or unwilling to receive these vaccinations, you must submit in writing the reason to the Director of Health Services and sign a waiver.  Noncompliance with these requirements may prevent you from registering for classes.

  • 2 Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines or positive titers
  • 2 Varicella Vaccines or proof of chicken pox disease or positive titer
  • 3 Hepatitis B Vaccines
  • 1 Tetanus, Tdap, or Td shot within the past 10 years
  • 1 Meningitis Vaccine **Required for Resident Students Only**


Flu Vaccine

The World Health Organization declared an end to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic and we are now preparing for seasonal influenza ("regular flu").  Symptoms of the flu include sudden onset of fever, aching muscles, cough and sore throat.  It is spread through air and direct contact and is caused by influenza viruses. 

The seasonal vaccine this year contains the H1N1 strain and we will be offering the injectable, inactivated (dead) influenza vaccine.  The seasonal flu vaccination clinic is expected to begin the week of September 27, 2010.  We will notify students, staff, and faculty that the vaccine is available once we receive the vaccine. Please call to schedule an appointment.  There will be a fee for this vaccine.

Prevention of Common Viral Illnesses

  • Practice good hand washing hygiene: Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze.  If you are not able to wash hands, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette: Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.  Throw away your tissue after you use it.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu: fever >100°F, sore throat, cough, body aches, fatigue
  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness.  You should be fever free without the use of fever reducing medications (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) for 24 hours before returning to class or work.
  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu.


HPV Vaccine

The Southeast Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering free Gardasil (HPV) vaccine clinics at Berks County colleges.  Interested students (female and male) aged 19-26 who have not yet completed the vaccination series are eligible for the program.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center in a 2006 statement, "considers HPV vaccination to be a morally acceptable method of protecting against this disease."  Per the January, 2007 position statement by the Catholic Medical Association "the CMA encourages use of this safe, effective and ethically acceptable vaccine but at the same time rejects efforts to mandate that girls be vaccinated against HPV."  According to John Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L., Executive Director of the CMA, the fact that HPV is spread primarily by sexual contact does not render vaccination against it unethical.  Brehany stated, "Healing and preventing diseases, no matter what their source, are acts of mercy and a moral good."

Gardasil is a vaccine designed to prevent diseases caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), such as cervical cancer in women and genital warts in men and women.  Seventy-five percent of men and women will be affected by HPV in their lifetime.  In addition to the cervical and genital diseases, HPV accounts for the rise of mouth and throat cancer in the U.S. and Western Europe, particularly in younger individuals.  While HPV is spread by genital sexual contact, it does not have to be intercourse, ie. it is also spread by hand and oral contact.  Infection has even occurred in women  who remain abstinent prior to monogamous marriage.  Please call the Health and Wellness Center if you have questions about the vaccine or this program.  You may also visit the Gardasil website for more information about the vaccine.  Please take a moment to review the dates for the FREE Gardasil vaccination clinic.

We have made every effort to notify Alvernia University students of this vaccination clinic via email.  If you did not receive the email, please click here to review a copy.