Entering medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, SHRP and other healthcare professional students are required to have the following:
Record of vaccination should be documented on the Mississippi Certificate of Immunization Compliance, Form 121. This form must be completed by a licensed health care provider: a physician, a licensed nurse practitioner, a licensed nurse or a public health official.
Post-graduate or other research students who will be working solely in a laboratory are required to meet the above vaccine requirements. In addition, microbiologists who are routinely exposed to N. meningitides isolates are required to have received one dose of meningococcal vaccine with a booster dose every 5 years, if the risk of exposure continues.
Reference: Immunization of Health-Care Personnel: Recommendations of ACIP. MMWR 2011; 60 (RR07):1-45.
For more information on immunization requirements, refer to the UMMC Bulletin.
A two-step TB Skin test is required for baseline TB screening of all students. Accepted students must submit documentation of a two-step TB skin test performed within 90 days (3 months) prior to school entry. The second dose of the two-step TB test must be placed within 28 days of the initial TB skin test. If the TB skin test is positive, a chest X-ray report must also be submitted. U.S. students who have been undergoing annual TB skin test screening prior to enrollment may submit 2 consecutive annual reports of negative TB skin tests, one of which must have been done within the past 3 months, in lieu of the two-step TB skin test.
International students with a previous positive TB skin test or students with a history of immunization with BCG should submit a report of a QuantiFERON-TB Gold/T-spot TB blood test obtained within 3 months prior to school entry. They should not complete TB skin testing. If the blood test is positive, a chest X-ray report obtained within 3 months of school entry must be submitted.