CCA does not currently require students to present proof of immunizations. However, the college encourages students to consult with their medical professional about which vaccines are best for them.
Vaccinations for students on the CCA Kaiser Permanente student health insurance plan are covered at 100 percent with no out-of-pocket expense.
Please review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommended Vaccines for Adults (19 to 26 years old).
Students on the Kaiser Permanente health plan should call their doctor for an appointment: 510.752.1190 (Oakland) or 415.833.2200 (San Francisco).
Non-Kaiser Permanente members: Call your primary care physician to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.
We strongly encourage students to take preventive measures to limit the spread of flu in our community.
Here are simple, quick steps proven to be effective in preventing acquiring the flu:
Get the seasonal flu vaccine. (See Flu Vaccination.)
Use good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are equally effective.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
Try to avoid casually touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Avoid close contact, such as hugging or kissing, with others who are ill.
If you become ill, limit your contact with others to keep from exposing them.
Kaiser Permanente members: Get more information about flu clinic locations and times by calling 1.800.KP.FLU.11 (1.800.573.5811). You can also go to kp.org/mydoctor/flu. Flu vaccinations are free for members.
(Non-Kaiser Permanente members: Please call your primary care physician to schedule an appointment for a flu vaccine. Many local pharmacies, such as Walgreens and CVS, also offer flu vaccine on a drop-in basis during the flu season.)
If you become ill, it is important to avoid attending classes or public events until you are well.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends remaining in your residence hall or at home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without the use of medications that reduce fever, like Motrin or Tylenol).
According to the CDC, chickenpox is a most contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever.
Chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, and persons with weakened immune systems. It spreads easily from infected persons to others who have never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine.
Chickenpox spreads in the air through coughing or sneezing. It can also be spread by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters.
The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get the chickenpox vaccine. (See Chickenpox Vaccine below.)
The chickenpox vaccine protects you against an uncomfortable and sometimes serious disease. Chickenpox used to be quite common in the United States.
In the past, about four million persons would acquire the disease each year, and about 10,600 persons would have to be hospitalized -- and 100 to 150 died each year because of chickenpox.
Now a chickenpox vaccine has changed all that.
The CDC recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults. Two doses of the vaccine are about 98 percent effective at preventing chickenpox.
When you get vaccinated, you protect yourself and others in your community. This is especially important for persons who cannot get vaccinated, such as those with weakened immune systems or pregnant women.
Some persons who are vaccinated against chickenpox may still get the disease. However, it is usually milder with fewer blisters and little or no fever.
According to the CDC, meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria or viruses, but meningitis can also be caused by physical injury, cancer, or certain drugs.
The severity of illness and the treatment for meningitis differ depending on the cause. It is important to know the specific cause of meningitis.
According to the CDC, the most effective way to protect yourself against certain types of bacterial meningitis is to complete the recommended vaccine schedule.
According to the CDC, tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidneys, spine, and brain.
If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.
According to the CDC, TB tests are generally not needed for persons with a low risk of infection with TB bacteria.
Certain persons should be tested for TB bacteria because they are more likely to get TB disease, including those who
- have spent time with someone who has TB disease
- with HIV infection or another medical problem that weakens the immune system
- have symptoms of TB disease (fever, night sweats, cough, and weight loss)
- are from a country where TB disease is common (most countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia)
- live or work somewhere in the United States where TB disease is more common (homeless shelters, prison or jails, or some nursing homes)
- use illegal drugs
Your health care provider should choose which TB test to use.
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