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College Students & Young Adults

Immunization Information: College Students & Young Adults 

Most vaccines are given early in childhood, but college students and young adults need certain immunizations, too.  These vaccines are specifically recommended for young adults ages 19-24 years: 

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine - Protects against bacterial meningitis and may be required for some college freshmen or other students living in dormitories. 
  • Tdap vaccine - Protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). 
  • HPV (HPV2 and HPV4) - Protects against the human papillomavirus, which causes most cases of cervical and anal cancers. HPV4 also protects against genital warts. HPV2 or HPV4 is recommended for women through age 26 and HPV4 is now recommended for men through age 21 who have not previously been vaccinated (Men aged 22 through 26 years may also be vaccinated). 
  • Seasonal flu vaccine - Provides the best annual protection against influenza (flu) infection and complications. 


College (non-travel) Immunization Clinic

For information about the College (non-travel) immunization clinic at the County of Orange Health Care Agency, please click below:

Planning International Travel? Find information about recommended travel vaccines.

Information about Individual Vaccines: Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Prior to vaccine administration, a VIS must be provided for all vaccines identified by Federal law. 

The most up-to-date collection of VISs is available at:

Additional information about individual vaccines is available at:


Review the Adult Immunization Schedule to see if you need any immunizations 

Not sure which vaccines you need? Take this online quiz:

Download this tool to help you determine the vaccines needed for adults 19 years of age and older:


Vaccines Required for College Entry:


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