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Off to College? Joining the Workforce? Traveling the World?

Published: 8/14/2017

Poughkeepsie … Young adults who are college-bound, beginning a job or choosing to travel are about to make the monumental transition to adulthood. It is important to remember just because they are done with high school, does not mean they are done with vaccines. Though most vaccines are given during childhood and adolescence, college students and all young adults still need certain immunizations.

These five vaccines are specifically reccommended for ages 19-24:

  • Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough);
  • HPV vaccine protects against the viruses that cause several types of cancers;
  • Meningococcal vaccine protects against bacterial meningitis;
  • Seasonal flu shots protect against the viruses that research indicates will be most prevalent in the upcoming season;
  • Varicella vaccine protects against chicken pox.


“It’s the perfect time to check with your doctor to make sure you are up to date on recommended vaccines,” said A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health. “Staying healthy includes protecting yourself against diseases such as the flu and meningitis.  The need for other specific vaccinations depends on your health, lifestyle, job and travel plans.  Close attention to this important public health issue will help facilitate a productive transition to life beyond high school.”

The Dutchess County Immunization Clinic, located at 29 N. Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie, offers appointments for individuals without health insurance.  To make an appointment, please call (845) 486-3535.  View immunization schedules and learn more about immunizations at