So I received my official acceptance letter into my CNA course last week and, things around here being a little crazy, I didn't have a chance to really sit down and look at the vaccination requirements (we have to have them before clinicals) until this week. Just my luck, the office is closed this week for spring break so I thought I would post it here and maybe someone can answer some of my questions.
I'm starting to freak out that I won't get to start my class (begins in the middle of May) because I won't have all the required vaccinations before clinicals begin. I don't know the date that clinicals start, but my class is three nights a week and runs until the middle of August (I think it's about 140 hours total).
Here's the list:
- Varicella vaccination or positive titer or documented history of disease
- Rubella vaccination or positive titer or documented history of disease
- Mumps vaccination or positive titer or documented history of disease
- Reseola vaccination or positive titer or documented history of disease
- Tetanus vaccination or shot record showing current immunization (within the past 10 years)
- Hepatitis B (HBV) waiver
- Hepatitis B #3 or positive titer
For the varicella, mumps and rubella, I hope my titer comes back positive, because I'm having trouble finding my out-of-state medical records (lived in Maine when I had the MMR vaccinations and the chickenpox). Tetanus vaccination shouldn't be a problem.
Now, my questions are:
1) What is reseola (#4 on the list)? I had thought it was roseola, but there isn't a vaccination for that, or is there?
2) Hepatitis B vaccination (#6 and #7 on the list). This is the big problem. I've never had the shots and I've heard it is a three doses over six months. Do you think I'm required to have all three before starting clinicals or is that what the waiver is for? And what is Hepatitis B #3? Is it the third shot in the series?
This is the part that has me confused. A requirement for a waiver for the HBV and then you have to have Hepatitis B #3 or a postive titer. Can someone clear this up for me?
And the most important question:
3) Are you usually required to have finished all the shots in the series (in case, God forbid, all my titers come back negative or I can't find my records) before starting clinicals? Or is having proof of the first shots in a vaccination series enough as long as you get the others after the waiting period between shots/doses is over?
I'm going to my doctor on Monday to get her to order the titer tests. (*Please come back positive, please come back positive...*)
I hope I get to start my class.