Allergy & immunization
The Allergy & Immunizations Clinic does not initiate a treatment plan of allergy shots, but we can continue the desensitization program students began with their regular allergist. UHS can store allergy serum and give the shots. Patients who are given allergy shots must remain in the clinic for 30 minutes following their shot.
UHS can provide limited medication storage for specialty injectable prescription medications to current students.
UW-Madison does not have a specific immunization requirement but it's important that all students are up to date on their vaccinations. Review your immunization history and arrange to get any missing vaccinations before you come to campus or at UHS (for a fee).
On occasion, there are national shortages on certain vaccines. Currently, Yellow Fever is unavailable at UHS.
Immunizations available at UHS
Students who were not vaccinated for chickenpox as a child should be immunized with the varicella vaccine. Two doses are recommended.
A three-dose series of this vaccine is recommended for all young adults prior to entering college.
This three-dose vaccine is recommended for all women ages 11–26 and men ages 11–21.
Current CDC recommendations encourage the vaccination of all adolescents against meningococcal disease with two doses of meningitis-2015 conjugate vaccine (MCV4), usually given at ages 12 and 16. If the first dose was administered before age 16, a second dose should be administered before enrollment in college.
A separate vaccine is also available to prevent meningococcal disease caused by a serogroup B. The preferred age for vaccination is 16 to 18, before starting college. Read more about meningococcal disease.
A booster of pertussis vaccine (administered with tetanus-diphtheria vaccine as Tdap) given after 2005 is recommended for all adolescents and young adults. It can be given regardless of the duration since a student’s last tetanus (Td) booster.
Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)
An initial series of three or four shots usually given in childhood (DTP or dT), then boosters every 10 years thereafter. At least one booster should be the Tdap vaccine, which includes protection against pertussis.
Tuberculosis Skin Tests (drop-in)
Students can drop-in for tuberculosis (TB) skin tests Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, on the 6th floor of 333 East Campus Mall. There is a $15 fee for TB testing. Two visits are needed for TB tests: once to have the skin-prick test administered, and then a second visit two to three days later to have the results read. Placements may be done if patients are able to get the results read elsewhere by a medical professional.
Vaccinations for travel
Visit the UHS Travel Clinic for more information.