College life results in exposure to many communicable diseases, and immunizations
are available for a number of these diseases. Birkam Health Center offers influenza,
Hepatitis B, Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis), and COVID-19.
Prior to coming to Ferris State University, students should check with their physician
or local health department as to current recommendations regarding their own immunization
status. Most immunizations are available at private physician offices and health departments,
as well as at the Health Center.
For further information about immunizations or how to schedule appointments for them,
you may call (231) 591-2614 and ask to speak to a nurse.
The following is some additional information about vaccines.
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis
are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches,
and wounds. For prevention of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, adolescents and
adults are recommended to receive a one-time booster of Tdap. Td should be used for
later booster doses.
Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease. Most infants are being vaccinated against
this with a series of three injections, but some older children and young adults have
not been. It is recommended for anyone in the medical or dental field and for others
who would like protection against the disease.