Hocking College does not require proof of immunizations for admission. Only students entering Nursing, Allied Health and Public Safety Programs are required to have a physical exam and specific immunizations. If you plan to enter one of these programs, you will receive a Physical Form and information about the required immunizations.
Hocking College wants students and parents to be informed about meningococcal disease, a potentially fatal bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis. Students living in the Resident Halls must indicate on their housing contract if they have received Meningitis or Hepatitis B vaccinations. Although these immunizations are strongly encouraged, they are not mandatory. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that college students, particularly freshman living in residence halls, be educated about meningitis and the benefits of vaccination. The panel based its recommendation on recent studies showing that freshman living in residence halls have a six fold increase risk for meningitis. Vaccination can reduce the risk of meningitis.
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 and even death. Between 100 and 125 meningitis cases occur each year on college campuses and as many as 15 students will die from the disease, annually.
A vaccine is available that protects against four 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 cases among college students.
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Hepatitis B is a serious disease that can lead to long term, chronic illness, causing liver damage, liver cancer and even death. Each year it is estimated that over 200,000 people, mostly young adults, get infected with Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B Vaccination is more than 90 percent effective in preventing Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B virus is spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person. People can get the infection without knowing they got it. The vaccination series is available at the Health Center. Please contact us for more information about the Hepatitis B Vaccine.
Students and staff are encouraged to get the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine can protect the student against the flu and missed classes. Visit the Ohio Flu Website link to for current information and updates.
Tuberculosis Skin Testing
Tuberculosis Skin Testing is required for all students in Nursing, Allied Health, and Public Safety Programs. A TB Skin Test is also required for incoming international students.
Visit the Center of Disease Control immunization website for additional information.