Maine State public health law requires that college and university students receive information from their institutions about meningococcal meningitis and the vaccine that protects against most strains of the disease that can occur on university campuses. Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but very serious and sometimes deadly infection. There is a somewhat higher risk among young adults living in communal housing such as residence halls.
A vaccine, Menactra, provides protection against some, but not all, of the known types of the disease. The vaccine is available through many healthcare providers’ offices and the UMF Student Health Center.
More information is available at the CDC (Center for Disease Control). We recommend you discuss this vaccine with your parents and/or healthcare provider and make an informed decision.
Influenza, the flu, may be prevented by yearly vaccination. College students are at risk for getting and spreading influenza illness. We recommend this vaccine for all UMF students and staff. Flu shots will be available in the UMF Health Center during the fall semester.
Vaccination is a series of three shots and is now a part of routine childhood immunizations. Hepatitis B causes inflammation of the liver which in some cases can cause chronic illness, cancer, or death. The vaccine effectively prevents the infection and provides lifelong immunity when all three shots are given. We can complete the series or start it if you were not vaccinated before college.
Vaccination is a series of two shots and is recommended for international travelers, men having sex with men, and people with chronic liver disease due to Hepatitis B and C.
Vaccine is recommended for anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated or hasn’t had chickenpox as a child. If you’re unsure, you can have a blood test done to see if you’re immune. We recommend this vaccine for anyone who has no evidence of immunity since chickenpox can be quite severe in adolescents and adults.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Vaccination is recommended for the general population up to age 26. Its purpose is to prevent infection with HPV, the virus responsible for cervical cancer and genital warts. There are many strains of this virus, the vaccine protects against strains that are responsible for cervical cancers and genital warts. It is not a substitute for regular pap smears or practicing safer sex with condoms.
We’re here to help you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Student Health Center
Located inside Scott Hall Residence Hall
University of Maine at Farmington
245 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711