Immunizations offered in AIC
You are planning to travel outside the country. Do you need shots?
We are unable to determine this over the phone. An appointment is needed and can be scheduled by calling 494-1818. Any staff, staff spouse, student, student spouse or anyone going on a Purdue University sponsored trip, 17 years old or older, is eligible for service. It is best to make an appointment at least 4 to 6 weeks before departure if at all possible. Travel immunizations are also available locally through Clarian Arnett Clinic and Unity.
You will need to see a practitioner first. They will review your history with you. At that time they will also review contraindications and precautions with you. You will then need to go to the pharmacy and purchase the vaccine. Once this is done, return to AIC to have the vaccine administered. An appointment is not needed for the administration. Learn more (external link).
If you need this vaccine for international travel, you will need to make an appointment with the Allergy and Immunization Clinic. Please see the information listed above in the International Travel section on this page.
If you want this vaccine for general protection come to PUSH and check-in on the main floor. Once this is done, you will be directed to the Allergy and Immunization Clinic (PUSH, 2nd floor, room 228) where we will review your history with you, before administration of the vaccine. An appointment is not needed for the administration. Learn more (external link).
To receive the Hepatitis B series vaccine, you first need to see a physician or nurse practitioner to get an order. You then need your medical chart at the Purdue University Student Health Center sent to the Allergy & Immunization Clinic. You will then be directed to the Allergy & Immunization Clinic (Room 228, 2nd floor of PUSH) for administration of the vaccine. An appointment is not needed for the administration. Learn more about the Hepatitis B vaccine (external link).
You will need to see a practitioner first if you have received this vaccine. They will review your history with you. At that time they will also talk with you about the HPV virus, why you should get the vaccine, who and when it should be received. They will also discuss with you the possible side effects, the cost, and the need to continue having an annual PAP screening. Once this is done, you will be directed to the Allergy and Immunization Clinic (PUSH, 2nd floor, room 228) for administration of the vaccine. An appointment is not needed for the administration. If you ahve started the vaccine series elsewhere you must provide documentation. Check in on the main floor of PUSH, they will direct you to the Allergy and Immunization Clinic to receive the next dose of the vaccine series. An appointmnet is not needed for the administration. Learn more (external link).
During the influenza (flu) season, the Student Health Center offers flu shots to students for a small fee. The cost is $11.00 for full-time students and $13.00 for part-time students and student spouses. Flu shots for faculty, staff, retirees and their spouses are offered free of charge, in cooperation with Purdue's Worklife Program. Please check this site during the fall semester for current information regarding the availability of flu vaccine and when flu shots will be offered. Learn more (external link).
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. For most college students, the risk of meningococcal disease is similar to that of persons the same age in the general population. For college freshmen who live in residence halls, there is a modestly increased risk of meningococcal disease relative to other persons their age. Lifestyle behaviors that put individuals at increased risk include cigarette smoking, alcohol ingestion, bar patronage, and close, crowded living quarters.
Updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage campus healthcare centers to (1) provide information about meningococcal vaccine and the disease to freshmen dormitory residents and their parents, (2) provide or make the vaccine easily available to freshmen living on campus, and (3) accommodate other undergraduate students who choose to be vaccinated. They have not recommended mandatory or routine vaccinations for all college students. The American College Health Association also recommends that students consider vaccinations to reduce their risk for potentially fatal meningococcal disease. Meningococcal vaccine is safe and reasonably effective against the serogroups included in the vaccine. However, up to 32% of meningococcal disease is caused by a serogroup not in the vaccine. Protective levels of antibody usually are achieved 7-10 days after vaccination.
The Purdue University Health Center (PUSH) stocks the vaccine on site, and the vaccine can be given at PUSH. It is recommended that students review their insurance policy coverage since many companies do not cover the cost of immunizations. Learn more about Meningococcal Meningitis (external link). Learn more about the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine (external link).
Tetanus/Diphtheria or Tetanus/Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis
If you have been injured and desire a tetanus/diphtheria update, you must first see a healthcare provider. For a routine update, if your tetanus/diphtheria injection was given more than 10 years ago, you do not need to see a healthcare provider. You do not need an appointment. Check in at front desk on the main floor. Your chart will then be sent to the Allergy & Immunization Clinic. You should then proceed to the Allergy & Immunization Clinic located in Room 228 on the 2nd floor and sign-in. Any student or student spouse is eligible. Purdue University staff are not eligible for a routine update. Learn more about the Tetanus/Diphtheria vaccine (external link). Learn more about the Tetanus/Diphtheria Accellular Pertussis vaccine (external link).
It is recommended that students attending Purdue University receive the following immunizations:
- Hepatitis B
- Chicken Pox
- Meningococcal Meningitis
- Influenza (during influenza season)