Vaccines and Immunizations
This page is an index of ACHA and other resources on this topic. Resources include association projects, programs, publications, guidelines, and more. Additional information may be available under “External Resources.”
Vaccine Preventable Diseases Advisory Committee
This committee leads the association and college health in addressing vaccine-preventable diseases.
Immunization Recommendations for College Students [pdf]
This document assists colleges and universities in the implementation of a comprehensive institutional prematriculation immunization policy. Includes sample forms.
Customizable Sample Forms for Institutional Use
Customizable sample immunizations record forms from the ACHA Guidelines: Immunization Recommendations for College Students:
Sample Immunizations Record Form [doc]
Sample Health Sciences Immunizations Record Form [doc]
2006 Mumps Outbreak
ACHA worked collaboratively with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a joint letter to provide additional guidance and information for residential colleges and universities regarding the 2006 mumps outbreak and further preventive information. Also available are two PowerPoint presentations that were made at the ACHA Annual Meeting in New York City, May 2006, during our special session on mumps.
Mumps Recommendations July 2013 [pdf]
ACHA consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July 2013 to provide guidance and information regarding current recommendations for mumps vaccinations on college campuses. This statement reflects the vaccine policy recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that was updated in 2013.
Influenza Vaccine Update October 2006 [pdf]
ACHA worked collaboratively with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a joint letter to provide additional guidance and information for residential colleges and universities regarding influenza vaccinations, including the availability of vaccine supplies. This letter highlights key strategies and recommendations for use on your campus.
Measles Advisory January 2015
ACHA Brochures for Young Adults
The ACHA-National College Health Assessment is a nationally recognized research survey that provides current, relevant, and precise data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. Data from this survey covers smoking habits, contraception use, mental health issues, relationship difficulties, sexual behaviors, exercise habits, preventive health practices, perceptions of drug and alcohol use, and more. Data also includes Impediments to Academic Performance (see "Data Highlights").
ACHA thanks its committee, coalition, task force, and section volunteers for providing resources and links concerning this topic. ACHA does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content or use of external websites.
Information on vaccines for adolescents from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Vaccine Information Statements from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Primary ACHA Liaison to CDC-ACIP
Susan Even, MD
University of Missouri
Alternate ACHA Liaison to CDC-ACIP
James C. Turner, MD, FACHA
University of Virginia (retired)
CDC Guidelines for Smallpox Vaccination Clinics [pdf]
This 48-page document offers guidance for state and local officials who may be called upon to administer large-scale vaccinations in response to a smallpox outbreak.
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.
List of State Mandates on Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (from Immunization Action Coalition)
MCV4: You're Not Done if You Give Just One [pdf]
ACHA joined other leading health organizations in signing the Immunization Action Coalition's "Dear Colleague" letter urging health care professionals to strongly recommend the booster dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MCV4) at age 16.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
Information on vaccines for adults from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Clinical Vaccinology Courses from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Adolescent Vaccination: Bridging From a Strong Childhood to a Healthy Adulthood
A report from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) on strategies to increase adolescent immunization rates
NFID Calls to Action