Health and Immunization Requirements

Campus Health and Immunization Requirements

All students must have an intake history and physical examination on file at SHS, completed at time of enrollment (link to section on Information for new students).

The following additional requirements must also be met:

Measles, mumps, and rubella: New York State Public Health Law requires post–secondary students to demonstrate immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Our institution requires demonstration of proof of immunity by serologic titer. Any student who is not immune by titer (e.g. negative, inconclusive or equivocal) will require boosters (2 doses of MMR vaccine). Under NYS Public Health Law, students failing to demonstrate immunity, or in process of receiving the vaccines within 30 days of the start of classes may be placed on administrative leave and prevented from participating in academic activities until they meet our requirements.

If you are allergic to any of the vaccines or vaccine components, you will need to provide documentation from a physician not related to you.

There is no "moral objection" permissible for vaccination for health care workers. If you have had titers drawn previously, provide copies of the lab reports to the Student Health Service in addition to your immunization record. Neither documentation of being "immune" without actual lab reports nor clinical history of disease is sufficient proof of immunity.

Hepatitis B: The hepatitis B vaccine will be offered to all students free of charge at the Student Health Service. We recommend students begin the three injection series upon arrival at the Medical College if they have not received the vaccine previously. We will check for proof of immunity by serologic titer at the same time we check measles, mumps, and rubella if there is no prior lab report of immunity. Students who are not found to be immune may need to undergo additional testing to exclude chronic infection with Hepatitis B, and/or repeat of the three-dose series.

Meningitis: New York State Public Health Law requires all college and university students to complete a meningitis information response form. It acknowledges that you have received information about meningococcal meningitis and the availability of a vaccination. You are not required to have the vaccination. However, the vaccine is available at SHS at a fee of $110.00. If you did not receive information on meningococcal meningitis or the response form in your SHS prematriculation information packet, please contact the SHS.

Additional requirements
As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guideline for infection control in healthcare personnel, and working agreements with New York Presbyterian Hospital, the following additional vaccines and screening are required:

Varicella: A positive titer indicating immunity or two doses of vaccine at least 30 days apart with a follow-up titer. Clinical history of disease is not sufficient proof of immunity for our campus. Titers will be checked at SHS if there is no lab report provided with registration materials.

Tetanus–diphtheria (Td) or tetanus–diphtheria–acellular pertussis (Tdap): Completion of the childhood series, and a booster within the last 10 years. If you have not received Tdap you will be offered it at SHS to confer additional protection against pertussis (whooping cough).

Tuberculin skin test (TST aka PPD): All students will be required to undergo two tuberculin skin tests on initial arrival to the Medical College, and annual testing subsequently. Additional testing may be needed depending on disease exposure during your course of study. For students who already have a positive skin test, you will be required to submit an x–ray report in English, dictated by a radiologist, and information regarding previous treatment. You may be asked to complete a periodic assessment to determine that you are free from symptoms of tuberculosis. Please note that previous immunization with BCG (Bacille Calmette–Guerin) is not a contraindication to testing if you have not been found to be PPD positive in the past.

Students who are found to develop a new positive skin test will undergo additional testing and counseling at SHS.

Periodic health assessments: Students that engage in patient contact will undergo an annual health review and yearly tuberculosis screening.

Influenza: It is strongly encouraged for all students in the health professions, and students in the clinical years will be required to document accepting or declining the vaccine. It is provided free of charge during the fall and early winter (assuming supplies are adequate).

SHS follows all applicable Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital Policies and Procedures.

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