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College students fall short on immunizations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --'s a busy four years, just ask college Sophomore, Talitha Lerding. She has a full schedule with a ton on her plate, while hundreds of classmates are doing the same things in their own different directions.

"You share a proximity with people. You share a room with someone. Obviously, you're not feeding yourself. Everything is there for you," Lerding said. 

And while college students are up to date on just about everything, doctors say they fall short when it comes to one of the most important things, their health.

"There are still several that fall through the cracks. When you're a college student, you're going to school, you're trying to learn. You don't think about your health," Lerding explained.

But, as U of L and other schools start up again, doctors hope health will become a top priority, especially when it comes to immunizations. 
Sure, mom and dad made a lot of students get their measles, mumps and polio vaccinations when they were kids. When it comes to Meningitis and Hepatitis A  though, a lot of students haven't bothered.

"It can spread through the campus really quickly and cause major problems," Dr. Akshata Patel from Haller, Hazlett & Adams said.

The worst of which can be death. Doctors say unvaccinated students need to get in gear quick.

"They need to contact their primary care doctor, review their immunization records that they've had since childhood and see what might need to be added," Dr. Patel explained.

It's what Lerding is doing now in the days before she gets back to the books, working her hardest to make her mark on the professional world.

"I feel relieved. I feel ready to move forward in school, and not worry about getting diseases," Lerding said.

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