USNA Vaccination Schedule

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  1. singaporemom

    singaporemom Member

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    I keep forgetting to ask my son this when we talk (which as I am sure you all know, talking to a Plebe is a rare event!)

    On I-day, Plebes were administered necessary vaccinations. Some may have required follow up vaccination dates.. Does USNA remid the mids about these dates?

    I can pretty much guarantee my Plebe has erased I-day from his mind and any thought of followup vaccinations!:redface:
     
  2. engineer

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    As the mom of a soon to be mid, could you tell me what vaccines are administered on I-Day? Also, could I have my son vaccinated at home before he goes?
     
  3. wilson73

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    The Permit to Report package, which will arrive in April, has all the information you will need regarding immunizations. You will be asked to submit a form, to be completed by your physician, which lists your child's immunization history. One of the newer requirements is for all Mids, both male and female, to have the HPV vaccine, which is administered in two parts. Our family doctor gave our son the first dose prior to I-Day, and he received the second one at USNA. If your child has had the usual vaccines, i.e., MMR, diptheria, hepatitis, etc., he/she shouldn't need anything out of the ordinary.

    I think the immunization form is supposed to be mailed back to Navy medical prior to I-Day, but be sure to make a copy and have your child bring it to I-Day. If USNA don't have a record of the form on file (despite the best of intentions, things dp get "lost"), your child will have to be re-vaccinated for everything, which could easily add to the stress of an already challenging day!
     
  4. onee

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    Is the HPV vaccine optional for the males? Also, do the mids need a TB test prior to I day?
     
  5. engineer

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    Thanks!
     
  6. wilson73

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    The "Important Information for the Class of 2014" brochure that is part of the PTR stated that the Tdap and Menactra vaccines are required. HPV is optional and will be administered to all males and females attending the Academy unless a refusal form is signed and brought to I-Day. A documented Mantoux Tuberculin Skin test (PPD) must have been performed within 6 months prior to Induction Day. They also provide a phone number that is for health care providers only, not for parents and students.

    Keep in mind that this is the info provided for last year's class. Things can and do change!
     
  7. mumsyto3

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    Actually the HPV vaccine is a series of 3 shots given 2 and 6 months after the first vaccine. For the Class of 2014, it was optional, but obviously I don't know what the requirements will be for Class of 2015.

    To echo what Wilson73 said, DS got all of his required vaccinations prior to IDay. He sent in a copy of his Immunizations, but on IDay forgot to bring a copy of his shots with him. When he went to check in on Iday they couldn't find his shot records. He was told he was going to have to have all of his vaccinations readministered that day. Needless to say it added quite a lot to the stress of the day as he absolutely hates needles! Thankfully after a little searching they were able to locate his shot records and crisis was averted! Make sure to take a copy of your shot records with you on IDay!

    Unless finances are a factor, I recommend getting the vaccinations done prior to Iday. Some of the vaccinations can have some side effects of nausea, malaise, fevers, pain at injection site, etc. IDay and plebe summer are stressful enough, that having to deal with side effects of vaccinations is not ideal. You can check with your local Public Health Department to see if they have free or reduced cost vaccinations.

    Singaporemom, I don't know what the process is for reminding the meds that they need their boosters. I'll try to ask DS and let you know. Hope things are going well for you!
     
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  8. singaporemom

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    Finally got a chance to ask DS about vaccinations. He said that when he went in to medical because he was sick, they noticed that he needed his second vaccination and they gave it to him then. Ok, I'm not going to worry about the fact that you're not supposed to get a vaccine when you're sick..... :rolleyes: to paraphrase my son, he's in the Navy now!
     
  9. Capt MJ

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    One of the facts of military life is that, usually, any time an active duty member visits a military health facility of any kind, someone will review his/her records for up-to-date vaccinations. A lesson learned by many new officers is during that mad dash around a base collecting records before driving off to the next duty station, is encountering that medical corpsman who says, before they hand over the medical record, "uh, sir/ma'am, you're overdue for your tetanus and yellow fever shots, you can't check out until you get them." Nothing like starting a long drive with port and starboard arm aches.:shake:
     

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