Jump to content

Vaccines Required for Nursing School

Posted

Hello, everyone! I wanted to know what vaccines are required for admission into nursing school. I had just a couple that I got when I was an infant, but will probably need other ones. Any information on which ones are required, and which ones are optional? THANKS

Jolie, BSN

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 35 years experience.

The answer depends upon your school and may vary depending on your clinical sites.

In general, DPT, MMR, Polio, Hepatitis B, possibly varicella and flu.

Let's see, we had

Measules

Mumps

Rubella

Chicken Pox (or we could "opt out")

Hepatitis B (or "opt out")

Recommended:

Flu shot

Pneumonia shot

Tests:

TB Skin test

But, as Jolie said, it basically depends on the school. A simple email to the program director should handle it. Or, you could always friend someone that's in the program on Facebook and hit them up with some questions.

Hope it helps :)

Not_A_Hat_Person, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Home Health. Has 10 years experience.

It depends on the school. I had to get the Hep B series, a chicken pox titer, and a TB test. They recommended the flu shot, but it wasn't required.

I had to have a tetanus booster, as well as most of the others mentioned above.

Mandychelle79, ASN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 2 years experience.

We had a list we had to prove immunity too or get a booster.

MMR

Varicella

Tetanus within so many years ( I was within the time frame, but had to be boostered for the pertussis part for work)

Hep B series ( I had to booster that one)

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Tetanus within the last 10 years (pending requirement for Pertussis (TDaP) booster, may be a new requirement for some clinical facilities for L&D, nursery & peds)

Measles & Rubella Titer, booster if not immune (medical exemptions only on a case by case basis. Other area school requires Mumps titer/booster)

Hep B- if had shots, then titer (not immune booster req'd). No option to opt out, get the shot, prove immunity or don't enter the program. If you started the series 1st two shots must be complete before starting clinical rotations. (I had all 3 in 1994, previously immune & now needed a booster)

Varicella--proof of immunity or vaccination. (no option to decline, medical exemption accepted on a case by case basis)

Two step TB test. If positive or received HCG, chest x-ray and medical clearance required.

Flu Shot is not required at this time.

Thanks, everyone. That was helpful.

TB skin test or chest xray.

All other vaccinations, are recommended, not required here.

Where is it not required? Because if it was just recommended, I would gladly not have to take them.

These are all the Immunization that I am having to get in order to be in the nursing program I have just busted my butt to get into. I cannot prove that I have had them in the past, but I know I have. The problem is my doctor has long since been dead, and I cannot get the records anymore. Here we go....

Tdap

Tuberculosis

Hep A

Hep B

Varcilla

Rubella

Mumps

Anti-hbs ( CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT THIS IS PLEASE?)

Rubeola

My college only lets us decline the Hep A & B vaccines. The rest we must get. I have until August 8th to get them and today is July 25th.

These are all the Immunization that I am having to get in order to be in the nursing program I have just busted my butt to get into. I cannot prove that I have had them in the past, but I know I have. The problem is my doctor has long since been dead, and I cannot get the records anymore. Here we go....

Tdap

Tuberculosis

Hep A

Hep B

Varcilla

Rubella

Mumps

Anti-hbs ( CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT THIS IS PLEASE?)

Rubeola

My college only lets us decline the Hep A & B vaccines. The rest we must get. I have until August 8th to get them and today is July 25th.

Well, the good news is that MMR is a combined vaccine, so that takes care of three of them. And the tuberculosis is a skin test, not a vaccine. So you really don't have as many as it may seem at first glance. If you are sure you have had all of them, you can get titers drawn to prove immunity.

Either way, you'd better get cracking. I'm kind of amazed that you didn't have any clue that you would have to show proof of vaccines until this close.

Cricket183, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology (OCN). Has 16 years experience.

These are all the Immunization that I am having to get in order to be in the nursing program I have just busted my butt to get into. I cannot prove that I have had them in the past, but I know I have. The problem is my doctor has long since been dead, and I cannot get the records anymore. Here we go....

Tdap

Tuberculosis

Hep A

Hep B

Varcilla

Rubella

Mumps

Anti-hbs ( CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT THIS IS PLEASE?)

Rubeola

My college only lets us decline the Hep A & B vaccines. The rest we must get. I have until August 8th to get them and today is July 25th.

Dalester, before you go and have all of these vaccines redone check with your nursing school and see if they will accept blood titers as proof of previous vaccination. I was a military brat and my parents had long ago misplaced my shot records. Tracing back to prove I received all my vaccines was a bureaucratic nightmare to say the least. My nursing school allowed me to have titers drawn to prove my immunity to MMR, TDaP, etc. The only vaccine I ended up having to actually get was the hep B series. You'll probably have to go through your PCP to get the necessary titers drawn. Just bring a list of the requirements with you to your appointment so he/she can order the necessary blood work. Your insurance might not cover the cost (mine didn't but at the time I had crappy insurance) and as I remember it was a couple hundred dollars but in the end it was very much worth it.

Edited by Cricket183
Typo

These are all the Immunization that I am having to get in order to be in the nursing program I have just busted my butt to get into. I cannot prove that I have had them in the past, but I know I have. The problem is my doctor has long since been dead, and I cannot get the records anymore. Here we go....

Tdap

Tuberculosis

Hep A

Hep B

Varcilla

Rubella

Mumps

Anti-hbs ( CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT THIS IS PLEASE?)

Rubeola

My college only lets us decline the Hep A & B vaccines. The rest we must get. I have until August 8th to get them and today is July 25th.

The Anti-HBs is also known as HBsAb (Hepatitis B surface Antibody). It is a blood draw to determine the level of Hep B antibodies in your blood. In other words, it determines if you're immune to Hep B or not.

A "positive" or "reactive" result means you have immunity against Hep B. If it is negative or non-reactive, this means your body is not producing enough antibodies to provide effective immunity against Hep B. Your school can inform you more specifically about what they require in the event of a negative result.