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Student Center for Health & Counseling
Cedar

(218) 755-2053
(218) 755-2024
Fax: (218) 755-2750
 

1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #42
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907

Questions: kreiplinger@bemidjistate.edu

Immunization Information

Required Immunizations

State law requires that certain immunization information be on file in our clinic. This state mandate requires students to have documentation of up-to-date immunization against tetanus/diphtheria (Td) and measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), with the exception of students who graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later. Please submit the required form to the Student Center for Health and Counseling by emailing the completed form to kreiplinger@bemidjistate.edu or by mail. The form is available in your orientation booklet or here for download.  

Recommended Immunizations

Hepatitis A and B

Minnesota law requires all post-secondary educational institutions to provide students with information about transmission, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis A, B, and C.  

Vaccine for Meningitis

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that college students, particularly freshmen living in dormitories and residence halls, be educated about meningitis and the benefits of vaccination. Recent studies show that college students, particularly freshmen living in dormitories, have a sixfold increased risk for meningitis. Information about the disease and vaccination is important for all undergraduate students who also wish to reduce their risk for the disease. 

Meningitis is rare. However, when it strikes, its flu-like symptoms make diagnosis difficult. If not treated early, meningitis can lead to swelling of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column as well as severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation and even death. 

Cases of meningitis among teens and young adults 15 to 24 years of age have more than doubled since 1991. The disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year and claims about 300 lives. Between 100 and 125 meningitis cases occur on college campuses and as many as 15 students will die from the disease. 

A vaccine is available that protects against four types of the bacteria that cause meningitis in the United States - types A, C, Y and W-135. These types account for nearly two thirds of meningitis among college students. The vaccine is available and can be requested at any time at the SCHC.

Vaccine for Flu

In order to avoid lengthy illness, currently flu vaccine is recommended for anyone who cannot afford to be incapacitated for a week to 10 days. Also, illness spreads rapidly in a college setting because groups of people gather in classroom or dormitory settings. Students with any chronic illness especially should be vaccinated.

Vaccines Available at the SCHC

  • Diphtheria/tetanus for injury or to meet requirements
  • Flu - available at a clinic held each October with discounted prices offered to students
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningitis
  • MMR
  • PPD skin tests - available for students needing to be tested for tuberculosis
  • Varicella
  • Typhoid