Ryan Donaldson ’15

Major: Medical Technology
Hometown:North Canton, Ohio

When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.

Health Requirements Prior to Arrival on Campus

All students are required to have a completed immunization record as well as other health information forms on file at the Health Center prior to their arrival on campus. The completed forms are mandatory. Athletes are required to have a physical exam.

studentsThe forms include questions about Tuberculosis and the possible need for Mantoux (Tuberculosis) skin testing. On the bottom of the immunization form you will find information about the guidelines based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the American Thoracic Society. The information also lists categories of high-risk students. Refer to sections 1 and 2 on the immunization form for details. A chest x-ray is required if the tuberculin test is positive. For more information about Tuberculosis and testing visit the CDC web page, http://www.cdc.gov/tb/pubs/corecurr/index.htm.

Verification of the following immunizations is required: Diphtheria Tetanus booster within the past ten years, and two doses of M.M.R. (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella). Dose 1 given at age 12-15 months or later and Dose 2 given at age 4-6 years or later, and at least one month after the first dose.

To reduce and eliminate vaccine preventable diseases on campus we support the recommendations of the American College Health Association Vaccine-Preventable Disease Task Force based on guidelines consistent with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations. Those recommendations include consideration of Varicella immunization, Hepatitis B immunizations and Meningococcal quadrivalent polysaccharide vaccine among others. Information about these diseases and vaccines can be found on the CDC web page, http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/adult-schedule.htm.

Due to the identification of certain factors that may place college students at increased risk for meningococcal disease, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American College Health Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and students be educated about meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination. The recommendations further state that "College freshman that want to reduce their risk for meningococcal disease should either be administered vaccine (by a health care provider) or directed to a site where vaccine is available." For more information about meningitis visit the website of the Meningitis Foundation of America.

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