Travel, Allergy & Immunization Clinic
Staffed by registered nurses and under the supervision of a physician, Student Health Services offers routine procedures such as immunizations (Influenza, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Meningitis, and Measles-Mumps-Rubella) and TB skin tests.
Health Services has recently started a new Travel Clinic. At this point in our startup we can provide all travel vaccinations on site or in conjunction with local pharmacies. We are now certified to administer Yellow Fever vaccine. Scheduling a Travel Clinic appointment will allow for review and advice as to recommended vaccinations, travel medications, and precautions for any destination(s) on the traveler's itinerary. At this time are are able to see faculty/staff and their dependents if 18 years of age or older for this service.
If interested in making a travel appointment, please call 904-8330 to schedule your appointment. Please bring your old vaccine records with you if at all possible and your primary care provider's contact information (if you are not a student).
It is recommended you schedule an appointment at least four weeks prior to departure.
Some foreign educational and recreational programs require a Health Clearance Assessment with physical exam for proof of wellness and may require laboratory testing, x-rays, or tuberculin skin testing prior to acceptance. If this is required please schedule a separate appointment for exam and testing and bring any required form(s) with you to your visit.
Post Travel Tuberculosis Testing
In order to protect students and employees at MTSU from exposure to tuberculosis, Health Services would like to test any student, faculty, or staff member for tuberculosis after travel to any country having a high incidence of this disease. Tuberculosis skin testing is recommended four weeks after return.
Any student wishing to receive allergy injections must provide an instruction sheet from his or her allergist along with extracts and review and sign the Instructions for New Allergy Patients from MTSU Student Health Services.
The following guidelines apply to our allergy clinic:
- ALL allergy injections will be given between 8:30-11:00a.m. and 1:15-3:30p.m. Monday-Friday
when the University Physician is in the building. (Some flexibility of these hours
may be necessary from time to time due to illness or other absences of the Physician.)
- An injection fee will be charged each visit. Fees are $5.00 for one (1) injection,
and $7.00 for multiple injections.
- An instruction sheet from your allergist MUST accompany your extracts.
- You are expected to stay on schedule as directed by your allergist.
- When you enter Health Services, sign your name on the admission board and tell the
receptionist you are here for your allergy injection.
- After you have signed in, get your extracts out of the refrigerator and have a seat
in the lobby until your name is called.
- You are responsible for putting your extracts back in the refrigerator after receiving
- Before you leave Health Services, one of the nurses must check the site of injection
to note and record any evidence of a local reaction.
- The medical staff of the Student Health Services requires that you wait in the clinic for 20 minutes following you injection. While we cannot force you to wait, should you leave the area and then experience a serious reaction, you might not be able to return in time to receive prompt, possibly life-saving, treatment. If you leave prior to the 20-minute waiting period, you will assume all health risks that might occur in the immediate period after the injection. Individuals who repeatedly violate this policy may, at the discretion of the medical staff, be excluded from receiving further injections through Student Health Services.
The Immunization Clinic provides vaccinations for disease prevention and travel. Tuberculin skin tests are also available to students.
Vaccinations are the most cost effective means for avoiding several potentially devastating diseases. Below is a list of routine vaccinations for college students with current recommendations.
Tetanus/diphtheria (Td) and Tetanus.diphtheria/acellular
pertussis(Tdap) - Once every 10 years for maintenance of immunity, and if greater than five years when presenting for care of a tetanus prone wound.
Two lifetime doses, required for matriculation at MTSU. (State required first vaccine be given after 12 months of age, not before).
Polio (IPOL IPV)
Additional booster shot needed for access for travel to some endemic regions and for some health care situations.
Recommended for most foreign travel situations. Recently added as an optional routine pediatric vaccination.
Recommended three shot series for all students.
Yearly vaccination, recommended for all students to be given between October and December. Strongly recommended for any students with asthma or other respiratory issues or any chronic diseases or those that are pregnant.
For chicken pox preventation if never immunized: two doses four to eight weeks apart.
Menactra Meningococcal Vaccine
Recommended for prevention of the most potentially devastating bacterial meningitis. Click here for more information about this vaccine and meningitis.
Recommended for all women under age 26 to prevent the strains fo HPV virus that are responsible for the majority of cervical cancers and genital warts. (HPV types 6, 11, 16, & 18). Click here for more information about this vaccine and HPV.
Recommended only for students with special needs related to immune deficiency, chronic disease, or splenectomy.
Depending on itinerary, vaccines for countries with vector borne diseased such as typhoid (see travel clinic information above).
For a complete list of vaccination prices, please check our fees page.