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Meningitis vaccination requirements for campus housing

The university requires all students living on campus housing to be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis. It is important that students understand the specifics of this disease, the factors that place this particular age group at an increased risk and disease prevention techniques.

  • Meningococcal disease is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitides. It is easily spread by person-to-person contact wherever large groups of people gather together – such as college dormitories or residence halls.
  • The bacteria are transmissible through respiratory and throat secretions during close or lengthy contact (such as coughing or kissing).
  • Meningitis is a very serious illness caused by a meningococcal infection. It can be fatal. Permanent disabilities such as hearing loss and brain damage can also occur.
  • Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck. Often, additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and confusion or altered mental status occur. Typically symptoms develop within 3-7 days after exposure.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment are very important. Vaccination is the best prevention technique.
  • In addition to vaccination, the following techniques can reduce the risk of infection: maintaining healthy eating and sleeping habits; washing your hands frequently; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; and understanding the signs and symptoms.

Go to cdc.gov for more information.

  • Immunization data entry and document upload

    1. Access myUK by going to myuk.uky.edu and log in using your LinkBlue ID.
       
    2. Click on the Student Services tab and then the myInfo tab: 
      Student services tab
       
    3. Click on Student Health tab in the left column:
      Student health
       
    4. Click on “immunizations” then “enter dates”.
      enter dates
       
    5. To UPLOAD your records:
      upload button
       

    Follow the directions to upload your immunization documentation. Some browsers work better than others for this process. If you are using Internet Explorer and having problems, try using Google Chrome or Foxfire.

    A nurse will review your entries in the next 2-3 weeks (reviewed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings). 

    After uploading your information, wait 2-3 weeks, then log on to the portal again, click the Immunization Tab and click "Print." 

    • If your immunization was acceptable, your status will show "Compliant, verified." 
    • If your immunization was not acceptable, your status will show "Not compliant" AND you will have a message in your message box from the nurse explaining what you are missing.  Before calling the clinic, please check your Message tab in the patient portal.    

    If you are unable to access the Student Health patient portal or having trouble with the form/upload, please contact uhsit@uky.edu.