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Allergy & immunizations
The Allergy & Immunizations Clinic does not initiate a treatment plan of allergy shots, but we can continue the desensitization program that 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 will provide limited medication storage for current UW-Madison students. UHS will only provide storage for specialty injectable prescription medications.
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 get 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.
Students 21 years or younger should receive a dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine not more than five years before enrollment. If not, students can get vaccinated at UHS.
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 disease caused by a serogroup B. This vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults ages 16 to 23 to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. 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)
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.