Hepatitis and insurance.. what to do???

  1. Hi all. Ok.. this is a two fold question here. I am to start clincials THIS Tuesday. I just found out all my previous college courses are going to transfer over into my BSN program. BAM... welcome to Nursing school. I hit the floors in less then a week. SO... having said that, I need to get my Hepatitis vaccination. Doesn't it take a month or two to kick in before it protects you?? I will be getting it this week, but I believe I heard somewhere that you have to get several shots in a series. When do the shots protect you??

    Also... I will have to get student liability insurance... there are many nursing student liability insurances out there. Any you would reccomend or stay away from???? THANKS EVERYONE!! Epona
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  3. by   cesRN
    Off the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/nip/faqs/hepb-faqs.htm#Schedule
    • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Would you clarify the hepatitis B vaccine minimum intervals?
      [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The hepatitis B minimum intervals are as follows:
      • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] Dose 2 should be separated from dose 1 by at least one month (4 weeks or 28 days).
      • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Dose 3 should be separated from dose 2 by at least 2 months (8 weeks) AND from dose 1 by at least 4 months (16 weeks).
      [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]You may use weeks (1 month = 4 weeks) to calculate intervals up to 4 months. Beyond 4 months, you should use calendar months. (6/26/03)

    Now I have to find out if I need any other (booster) shots. I found my immunization record from when I was a teen. My series of 3 shots are listed on there. But I am still searching the CDC website if I need to take more.
  4. by   TazziRN
    Nurses are not required to stop working while getting the series, so I doubt you will not be allowed to start clinicals as long as you are in the process of getting the series.

    Check out Nursing Services Organization (NSO) for the insurance.
  5. by   Epona
    Thanks all. Yes.. they will let me work on the floors while I am getting the series of shots, but for my own sake I was wondering WHEN I will be protected from the Hep. virus.
  6. by   santhony44
    A certain percentage of people are protected after the first shot, with higher percentages after the second and third.

    The only way to know for sure, though, would be to get a titer done, and those aren't usually done until after the third shot, if at all.

    Use your PPE and follow safety procedures and don't worry about it. According to the CDC, health care workers currently have a lower incidence of Hepatitis B than the general population.
  7. by   lorster
    Also be aware that the hepatitis series is optionsl. You are not required to get this series. You can say NO
  8. by   Epona
    My school requires it. I will check with my doctor though. Thanks. Anyone suggest any liability insurances?? THANKS!!
  9. by   TazziRN
    NSO for insurance.
  10. by   Epona
    cool! i went with them. i love this forum. i can always count on you all.

    much thanks!!! e