The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National TB Controllers Association recently released updated recommendations for TB Screening, Testing and Teatment of Health Care Personnel.

In response, UAB Medicine has updated its policy. UAB Medicine will no longer require routine annual TB skin testing for most existing employees, effective immediately. TB screenings will continue to be provided for:

  • Employees with a known TB exposure
  • New employees, students, observers and volunteers, upon starting their job or assignment, as part of the standard pre-employment health screenings
  • Any employee who requests a TB skin test
  • Employees who transfer from a non-patient care area to a building or area where patient care is provided

Employees who have been diagnosed with a prior TB infection or an untreated latent TB infection will continue to complete a signs and symptoms questionnaire: TB Screening Test Policy Update.

The TB rate in the community is very low, making UAB Medicine a low-risk environment for employees, patients and visitors. Should this ever change, the policy will be re-evaluated. If you have questions or would like a TB screen at any time for any reason, email employeehealth@uabmc.edu.