IMMUNIZATIONS & TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING
a. An initial Two-Step TB Skin Test is required for all students before beginning the clinical nursing sequence. In a Two-Step procedure, a person is given a baseline PPD test. If the test is negative, a second test is administered one to three weeks later. If the second test is negative, the person is considered uninfected. A positive test indicates the need for further screening. The students must specify they are requesting the Two-Step PPD when they initiate the testing procedure.
b. Following the initial Two-Step screening, an annual negative PPD Skin Test is required.
c. If the PPD Skin Test is positive, or if a PPD is contraindicated, a chest x-ray and further evaluation is necessary.
NOTE: The Tuberculosis screening documentation must remain current for the entire semester and must not expire at any time during the semester.
2. MMR-Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Rubeola Immunity: Seriologic evidence of immunity (titer) or documentation of two doses of vaccine after the first birthday. The two doses of vaccine can be given four weeks apart.
3. Hepatitis B vaccination: documentation of vaccination with three doses of vaccines.
4. Varicella (chicken pox) Immunity: Must have either serologic evidence of immunity (varicella zoster virus titer) or documentation of vaccine, (two doses, four weeks apart).
5. Pertussis booster vaccine (TDaP-Adacil, which has the pertussis component). This vaccine is for adults and is different from the vaccine given to infants and young children.