Vaccinations are an important preventative measure to reduce the risk of disease to individuals and to prevent the spread of infections in communities such as students in residence. Should you become ill with a preventable infectious disease, this may have an impact on your academic performance, especially if it occurs just prior to or during examinations or during other peak periods in the academic calendar.
For this reason we encourage all students to reduce the risk of infection by having the following immunisations before coming to residence:
- Tetanus booster
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A and B
- Influenza vaccine, given annually before the end of May.
Many students have received their basic childhood vaccinations (BCG, Polio, DPT and Measles), but booster doses may well be required. Please consult your healthcare professional for additional advice or contra-indications to vaccinations. You may also contact the clinical staff of the Student Wellness Service for advice during office hours on 021 650-1020.
Please note that in terms of current University policy such immunisations are entirely voluntary.