School physical- OUCH!

  1. I just got back from my physcial for nursing school. Boy am I sore! I had to get the first round of my hepatitis B vaccine, tetanus, a TB skin test...AND they drew about two vials of blood. The only good part of the morning was the bill. $120 for everything. Not too bad...
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  3. by   gwenith
    AAAHHH! It could have been worse - in my day they made us get vaccinated for smallpox as well (This was despite the fact the fact that Australia has never seen a case of smallpox). Turns out you know who is allergic to the vaccine - spent my whole first week of nursing looking like a refugee from a measles epidemic.
  4. by   KAYfutureLPN
    I hear you. I had to get all of that plus a mmr, a 2nd tb skin test (they didn't have the record of me getting it--so the next week after having it done & checked I had to do it again! grr), and they had to take a 3rd blood sample for my chicken pox titer. Then I just had my 2nd hep. b. shot done... thank goodness nothing more until my 3rd in December. My arms were sooo sore!
    Hugs,
    Kay
  5. by   Nightcrawler
    My parents LOST my shot records from when I was a child, so I had to have blood drawn for titres for chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, as well as the CBC. Then the titres for measles and mumps came up negative so on top of the TB and Hep B shots I had to restart the MMR. Two weeks after the first dose I came down with symptomatic (not communicable) mumps. Ofcourse this was the day of my required fire safety course!!! I spent a week looking like a scary monster!! The only good part of all of this is that the program didn't want to risk my having a worse reaction after the second dose, so I didn't have to get the second MMR. Also, because I didn't have health insurance, I was forced to get blood drawn in three separate labs to get the best prices, did it all in one day, the third lab infiltrated the vein, and I had a bruise the size of my fist when I started nursing school>> Believe me when I say that I know what you are talking about!!!
  6. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by study4nursing
    My parents LOST my shot records from when I was a child, so I had to have blood drawn for titres for chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, as well as the CBC. Then the titres for measles and mumps came up negative so on top of the TB and Hep B shots I had to restart the MMR. Two weeks after the first dose I came down with symptomatic (not communicable) mumps. Ofcourse this was the day of my required fire safety course!!! I spent a week looking like a scary monster!! The only good part of all of this is that the program didn't want to risk my having a worse reaction after the second dose, so I didn't have to get the second MMR. Also, because I didn't have health insurance, I was forced to get blood drawn in three separate labs to get the best prices, did it all in one day, the third lab infiltrated the vein, and I had a bruise the size of my fist when I started nursing school>> Believe me when I say that I know what you are talking about!!!
    Wow, I can't believe you had to go through all that. Luckily I had proof of my MMR and we can use a notarized letter stating that we've had chicken pox instead of having a titre done. If my TB test is negative, I have to go back in a week or so and get another one. Not sure why the require that...

    gwenith- Small pox?!?! How long ago was that? Wasn't it declared eradicated in 1977? I think the US stopped vaccinating even before that. Seems a little silly that they would have required the vaccine when there was never a reported case in your country. Oh well...
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    You have to have physicals for nursing school these days??

    I'm sure glad I didn't have to go through one (I did have to get several shots, but that's no big deal). I'd probably be working at Wal-Mart if I'd had to pass a physical exam to get into the nursing program......
  8. by   sagelola
    Yeah, I had my physical done a couple of weeks ago. Had to get an DT, Hep A, Hep B, CBC, cholesterol (by choice), chicken pox titer, TB test...and I think that was it. I had the Hep vaccines done at my doctor since they charge at the school for those ones. They also charged for the titer, which was $12, I think. The rest of it was free...thank god! But, for 2 weeks my arm was SO sore!!
  9. by   JnJTyson
    We had to have a CBC, TB, Hep B (mine was done 2 years ago..so didn't have to have that), and a Rubella Titre. Plus the basic physical.

    Its amazing. I love going to the doctor. They look at me (5'8, 250lbs...and dropping) and think I'll have bad health. They always pump the blood pressure cuff up to about 300 assuming I'll have high blood pressure. I always laugh at them. My blood pressure?? 110/60. low bp runs in the family.

    Plus, I'm a hard stick. I walk out of the doctors office looking like I've been to war. Bandaids on both arms, both hands, and giant bruises all over. I'm the type that has to have IVs started in my wrist because they can't get it in anywhere else! Its dangerous since the vein is right over the artery, but they have to..its the only one they can see and feel! LOL Thanks mom for the good veins! LOL

    I'm also uninsured. after the cost of the physical and chest x-ray (my TB came back..something...turned out to be a skin reaction, not the virus) I was tempted to move up our wedding date so I could get on my fiances insurance!! LOL

    Good luck with school y'all!!!
    6 days to go!!!
    Jules

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