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.
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.
The Health & Wellness Center recommends the flu vaccine for all of our students, faculty and staff. We strongly encourage our high-risk community to be vaccinated.You are considered HIGH RISK if any of the following apply to you:
- Heart or lung disease, including asthma
- Weakened immune system
- Blood, liver, kidney, neurologic or neuromuscular disorders
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 18-26 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.
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