Health Science Students - Immunizations
Immunization Requirements for Health Science Students:
To help promote the health of our Health
Science Students and to minimize the potential for transmission of
communicable diseases for the students, their patients, and their contacts, we
are requiring the following immunizations.
B - 3 dose series and a positive Hepatitis B surface Antibody (HBsAb)
quantitative titer (greater than 10 mIU/ml). Ideally the titer is done 1-2 months after the
third vaccine. However, CHS will accept
an adequate HBsAb titer beyond this time.
If the quantitative titer is less than 10 mIU/ml, another hepatitis B
series should be completed and a quantitative HBsAb be rechecked 1-2 months
afterwards. An alternative to completing
this second Hepatitis B series is to get 1 Hepatitis B shot, then recheck the
HBsAb titer and if this titer is inadequate, the student needs to complete the second
series. Note – if the student does not
have an adequate HBsAb after the second series of the hepatitis B vaccine, the
student is considered a non-responder and further medical assessment and
evaluation is indicated by a CHS medical provider.
- Varicella - 2 dose series or a positive
titer. An affidavit of having the disease
is not accepted.
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis : Three DTP
(diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), Td (tetanus, diphtheria), or Tdap (tetanus, diptheria,
pertussis) doses (this fulfills the primary series requirement). 1 booster dose
of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) vaccine after completion of the primary
series. A Td booster is required every
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella – Two Measles (rubeola),
two Mumps, one Rubella (2 MMR doses meet this requirement) or positive titers.
- 3 Polio vaccines (unless greater than 18 years
Influenza Vaccine Information:
UNC Health Care requires that all healthcare
personnel receive the influenza vaccine yearly. Thus, health science
students rotating through UNC clinical sites are required to get the influenza
vaccine yearly. Health Science students should contact their program for more information regarding the Influenza vaccine requirement.
TB Screening Information:
A 2-step TST (Tuberculin Skin Test) is
required. The TST must have been placed in the United States. If the first TST is negative, a second TST is
placed 1-3 weeks later. If the first or
second TST is positive, the student is required to meet with a CHS medical
provider. Note: if a TST was placed within 12 months, it is
acceptable to only do a 1 step TST. For
each subsequent year, either an annual TST or a TST review (if student has had
a positive TST) by a nurse will be required.
Note: for individuals who have
had the BCG vaccine or who may have difficulty returning to get the TST read, a
TB blood test (e.g. QFT-G or the T-spot) is preferred and accepted as a TB