Pre-Entrance Health Requirements
Immunizations required of all students:
- Two doses of MMR vaccine
-Antibody blood titer tests will be accepted as proof of immunity in lieu of the above vaccinations.
- One Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (TDAP) within the past ten years
- Meningococcal vaccine: required by Maryland State law for all new student
- Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
- Varicella antibody titers (if no history of having chicken pox). If varicella titers are negative, we recommend the varicella vaccine.
It is important that college students consider vaccination to reduce the risk for potentially fatal meningococcal disease. Studies have shown that college students who live in residence halls or dormitories have a slightly higher risk of meningococcal disease.
Maryland law requires that students enrolled at Loyola University Maryland who live in residence halls be vaccinated for this disease.
Information on Meningococcal Disease:
Meningococcal disease is a rare, but serious, bacterial infection. It can cause meningitis (an infection of the brain and spinal cord coverings), and it can also infect the blood stream. Approximately 2,600 people in the United States get meningococcal disease each year. 10-15% of these individuals die despite antibiotic treatment. Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacteria, Neisseria meningitidis. There are 5 serotypes of Neisseria meningitidis (serotypes A, B, C, Y, W-135).
Because meningococcal meningitis can cause severe illness and death, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial. Meningococcal disease can progress rapidly. With early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics, the chances of full recovery are increased. The use of antibiotics is recommended for individuals with documented significant exposure to an infected individual.
(Information from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Meningococcal Vaccination and Cost
The Loyola University Student Health Center offers meningococcal vaccine to students who choose to receive this immunization. The vaccine is available at the Heath Center for a fee of $140.