Immunizations are given for continued health and protection against certain diseases. Students can obtain most immunizations at the Health and Counseling Center.
Required immunization for enrollment:
MMR: The state of Oregon requires that anyone born after Dec. 31, 1956, must show proof of a second measles vaccination. College students will not be able to register for classes until they complete the Immunization Form found in MyGFU under University Forms.
To complete this form, please log in to MyGFU and complete the Immunization Form found under "Self Service", "University Forms."
The American College Health Association (ACHA) recommends the following additional immunizations:
Meningococcal: Meningococcal meningitis is a very serious bacterial infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It requires rapid diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. There is a vaccine; however, it is ineffective against the most common strain in Oregon.
Tuberculosis (TB) Test: This is a simple test to determine if the subject has been exposed to the TB virus. A small amount of the TB antigen is injected just under the skin, and the skin is checked after 48 hours for a reaction to the antigen. If there is a reaction, then treatment options are discussed.
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis): Tetanus is a serious disease caused by a toxin (poison) made by bacteria that’s commonly found in soil. Diphtheria is a serious disease that spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can spread the disease for up to 2 weeks after infection. Pertussis—commonly referred to as whooping cough—is very contagious and can cause prolonged, sometimes extreme, coughing. If you have not had the Tdap, which came out in 2006, it is highly recommended that you get it updated with the new tetanus vaccine that now includes Pertussis to protect yourself against whooping cough.