The Immunizations and Travel Health office at Calvin College provides comprehensive travel health services and vaccinations for students, staff and faculty of Calvin College and those in the community in need of these services.
We are staffed by providers who are members of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and stay current with all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA), which guide our policies. Our providers are knowledgeable and passionate about immunizations and travel health, and will provide the necessary vaccinations and medications to ensure disease prevention while studying in college, and safe and healthy trips while abroad.
What we offer
- Vaccine preventable diseases are commonly thought to be a thing of the past. Unfortunately this is not true, and the need to immunize against many diseases continues to persist. Today, safe and effective vaccines are available to protect against diseases in which we might be exposed. While most people think vaccinations are just for children, vaccinations are important for people of all ages. Adults may need additional vaccinations based on their age, disease risks, travel abroad and health status.
Travel health services
- International travel can be new and exciting. The Travel Health and Immunization Office provides information, vaccinations and medications for the many different health risks a traveler may face and assist them to prevent illness and injury during international travel.
- When medications fail to adequately control allergy symptoms and avoidance of the trigger is not easy or possible, an allergist may recommend immunotherapy or "allergy shots." Students who receive regular allergy injections can continue to receive those injections while at Calvin College
Influenza (flu) vaccine
- There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from the flu. The CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high risk of flu complications. Make an appointment at Health Services today to get your vaccination, and take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
In response to a mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services, Calvin College stresses the importance of receiving protection against and strongly recommends that all students be vaccinated for Meningitis B (MenACWY is a requirement). Meningococcal disease is a rare, but potentially fatal infection, with early symptoms that resemble the flu (fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, confusion, purplish rash, and exhaustion) making diagnosis difficult. Meningitis can be spread through close contact, making college students living in close quarters especially susceptible. Click here for additional information regarding Meningitis. For further questions or to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine, please contact Health Services, at 616-526-6187, or reach out to your health provider.