School of Nursing

The University of Alabama at Birmingham requires the following vaccinations for all nursing programs (BSN, Mobility Programs, MSN, DNP, PHD, AMNP, any Certificate Programs, and Non-Degree Seeking). Please submit the following form to indicate that you have satisfied these requirements:


Clinical Domestic Immunization Form


Please submit the form using the web-based medical clearance service.

For questions, call 205-975-7751.

Immunizations
Given the nature of their work, students engaged in health professional training programs could have a higher risk of contracting Rubeola, Rubella, Mumps, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Varicella, Tuberculosis, Pertussis, and Hepatitis B. All UAB students in the Joint Health Sciences programs and in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Public Health, Nursing, and Health Professions are required to be immunized as follows:

 

 

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • Must have had 2 doses of measles-mumps-rubella containing vaccine (MMR) at least 28 days apart with the first dose given after 12 months of age.
    • If the student has never been immunized, two injections of the vaccine, at least 28 days apart, are required.
    • In lieu of being re-immunized, such individuals may present proof of having had such immunizations. Proof must be either official documentation or certificates of immunization or positive titers to measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • Tdap
    • Evidence of at least a single dose of Tdap for all students aged 11-64 is required.
    • In the absence of proof of immunization, Tdap can be administered regardless of interval since the last tetanus-diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine.
    • Adults should receive decennial Td boosters, beginning 10 years after receiving Tdap.
  • Meningitis Vaccination
    • Students up to and including 21 years must provide proof of immunization against meningococcal meningitis (Menactra, Menveo, or Menomune) since turning 16 years of age even if a vaccine dose was given at an earlier age.
    • The booster dose can be administered any time after the 16th birthday.
  • Varicella Vaccination
    • Required for all without evidence of immunity.
      • Evidence of immunity is defined as:
        • Written documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine
        • A history of varicella disease or herpes zoster (shingles) based on healthcare provider diagnosis, requiring provider documentation.
        • Laboratory evidence of immunity (VZV IgG antibody titer)
    • Two doses of varicella containing-vaccine given at least 4 weeks apart are required
      • Required if the student does not meet any of the criteria above or have equivocal or negative VZV IgG antibody titers.
    • For those students with a documented history of only one prior dose of varicella vaccine, one additional dose is required, at least 4 weeks after that initial dose.
  • Tuberculosis Screening
    • All students in health-related schools must show proof of a non-reactive Tuberculin skin test or negative blood test (Quantiferon/T-Spot), or appropriate treatment if positive, within three months prior to enrollment or visiting
    • PPD (skin test) screening requires a 2-step process, with PPD (skin test) placements at 1-3 weeks apart.
    • Non-reactive (negative) Tuberculin skin test or chest x-ray reports done outside the United States will not be accepted.
    • Individuals with a history of a reactive Tuberculin skin test or blood test must provide a current chest x-ray (taken since their last positive TB test but within three months prior to enrollment or visiting), indicating that the person is free of active tuberculosis.
    • Students with a history of a positive PPD, followed by a negative CXR and negative Quantiferon/T-spot, and a negative TB Questionnaire requires an updated TB Questionnaire and Quantiferon/T-spot, performed within 3 months of matriculation, all performed in the United States. If either is positive, requires a CXR, performed in the United States, taken since the last positive TB Test/Questionnaire but within 3 months prior to matriculation, and if CXR positive, proof of initiation of appropriate therapy is required, and the student will not be allowed on campus until cleared by the JCDH and UAB Student Health services.
    • Individuals with a positive TB screening test should complete the TB Questionnaire, submit it to Student Health Services, and consult the UAB Student Health Services TB Testing Policy to view the required follow-up.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
    • Students completing their Hepatitis B series of vaccines must obtain a Hepatitis B titer (Hepatitis B surface antibody) 1 to 2 months after their third vaccine to determine if additional doses are necessary.
    • Those with a documented history of completing the 3-dose series, but beyond the 1 to 2 month post-vaccination period, are also required to obtain a Hepatitis B surface antibody titer.
    • Students with a negative Hepatitis B surface antibody titer after the initial 3-dose series, tested 1 to 2 months after the third dose, or anyone with a negative Hepatitis B surface antibody titer, will require Hepatitis B surface antigen testing to rule out acute or chronic Hepatitis B infection.
    • Those with a positive Hepatitis B surface antigen will have appropriate counseling and a recommendation to seek medical evaluation will be made.
    • For all, if the initial Hepatitis B surface antibody titer is negative, the entire three dose series must be repeated, followed by a Hepatitis B surface antibody titer 1 to 2 months after the third vaccine dose.
    • If the student is still found to have a negative Hepatitis B surface antibody titer after the completed second vaccination series, they are considered a non-responder to vaccination and will be counseled about precautions to prevent Hepatitis B infection and the need to obtain Hepatitis B immune globulin prophylaxis for any known or suspected exposure to Hepatitis B surface antigen-positive blood.
 
  • If individuals do not have proof or have not been immunized, they must be immunized against these diseases prior to attending, enrolling, or participation in UAB academic, research, observing, or clinical program activities.
  • Enrolling students must show proof of these immunizations with either an official certificate of immunization, a photocopy of an immunization certificate, or written documentation from their physician. Students must provide proof of their immunizations and TB testing. The preferred and most efficient method to accomplish this is to download the Clinical Immunization Record form. This should be completed by the documenting physician’s office and uploaded, faxed or mailed to CertifiedBackground.com by the student. The actual “Blue Form," chart records, and TB records need not be sent if this form is properly completed. The student may send these records in lieu of the Immunization Record Form.

 

General

The UAB Student Health Services will provide such immunizations and titer testing on a fee-for-service basis for any student who needs to meet the UAB immunization or titer requirements. Students may choose to fulfill these requirements at the Jefferson County Health Department or a private physician.

Individual UAB Schools may impose additional immunization requirements as needed for their students.

Short term (3 months or less) clinical and International Students TB screening requirements can be accessed on the UAB Student Health Service Immunization website.

 

Exceptions

Exceptions to this policy may be made in limited circumstances for students who can document medical and/or other contraindications to the vaccine.  Requests for exceptions must be submitted to UAB Student Health Services for consideration and approval.    

Students enrolled in online programs listed at http://www.uab.edu/studentimmunizations are exempt from this policy.

Implementation

The Provost is responsible for procedures to implement this policy.