FAQs for Clinical Students
Students may provide any combination of following:
- official certificate of immunization, a photocopy of an immunization certificate and/or
- lab reports of blood tests.
If you are unable to obtain official documentation of your immunization records the following is required:
- Receive two TB skin tests at least 1 week apart
- Receive a TdaP
- Blood test for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella antibodies
- Blood test for QUANTITATIVE Hepatitis B surface antibody (HepBSAB) or documentation of initial 1st and 2nd Hepatitis B vaccines (total of 3 doses and antibody titer are still required)
Yes. It is important that we are 100% certain you developed a protective level of antibodies to the disease. If your titer is low, depending on the level, you will need one or two varicella vaccinations.
You should get a booster dose vaccine, then re-titer 30-60 days later. If a protective antibody response is achieved, you are considered complete. If not, we would require completing dose #5 and #6 followed by a final titer 4 weeks after last dose vaccine.
Please have titer redrawn and request it to be reported with a QUANTITATITIVE value.
If you have documentation of all three doses vaccine, then you should have a Hepatitis B surface antibody titer drawn first. If the QUANTITATIVE Hepatitis B Surface Antibody is positive, send us the report.
If you have not had annual TB skin testing (TST) or your testing has elapsed more than 14 months, you will be required to have a two-step TST. The first test “wakes up” your immune system and the second test is your actual test. After having your tests placed, you must return 48-72 hours to have each test read. Your second test can be placed one to two weeks after the first. Tests are not placed on Thursdays.
Yes. The tuberculin skin test (TST) and blood tests to detect TB infection are not contraindicated for persons who have been vaccinated with BCG. For more info: www.cdc.gov
You will need to turn in documentation regarding the positive test: treatment, chest x-ray results, etc. You will be required to complete a TB Questionnaire on an annual basis.
No. Services, vaccines, labs etc. are available at a reduced cost to students. A fee schedule for commonly needed vaccines and titers is attached.
Mail: University of Louisville Campus Health Services
401 East Chestnut St, Suite 110
Louisville, KY 40202