Immunization Requirements for New Students

Download the Required Student Immunization Form, which you must print and fill out completely. You must also either: a) have the form signed by a health care provider; or b) provide backup documentation. This form must be faxed or turned in to Student Health at the address below. Note the table below specifying UNMC's immunization requirements. Please pay close attention to the requirements for each disease/immunization listed.

You will be unable to register for classes until Student Health has received all required immunization information.
Please call Student Health at 402-559-5158 or 402-559-5691 with any questions or concerns.
Fax: 402-559-8118

UNMC Student Health
983075 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-3075

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT
Chicken Pox (Varicella) All students must have evidence of immunity documented by an antibody titer OR written documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine, given at least 4 weeks apart
Hepatitis B
  1. All students must receive a 3 dose series of Hepatitis B vaccination and have evidence of immunity documented by an antibody titer.
  2. If the student’s titer remains negative after having had the first series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations,  the student must undergo a second series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations.  A repeat antibody titer will then be done 1-2 months after the completion of the 3-dose series. If the antibody titer remains negative, testing for active hepatitis B infection should be conducted (HBsAg and Anti HBc) and, if active Hepatitis B infection is not present, the individual is considered to be a "non-responder".
  3. Students with documentation of at least one Hepatitis B vaccinations will be allowed to register for and attend classroom courses.  Students may register for and attend clinical courses after documentation of the second Hepatitis B vaccination.   Students will be required to complete the Hepatitis B requirements by the end of the first year of enrollment.
Rubella (German Measles)
Rubeola (Measles)
Mumps
  1. All students must have evidence of immunity documented by an antibody titer OR written documentation of 2 doses of the MMR vaccine administered at least 4 weeks apart.
  2. Students with evidence of prior receipt of only one dose of MMR or other measles-containing vaccine on or after their first birthday should receive a second dose of MMR, provided at least 4 weeks have elapsed since their previous dose.
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Students between age 11-18 who have not received a Tdap vaccine should be given a single dose of the vaccine.  Students over age 18 who have not received a single dose of Tdap after age 18 should receive vaccination with Tdap.  Tdap can be administered regardless of the interval since the last tetanus or diphtheria-toxoid containing vaccine.  In students over age 18 after receipt of Tdap, students are to continue to receive Td for routine booster immunization against tetanus and diphtheria, every 10 years.
Tuberculosis screening
(Must be within 6 months
prior to registration)
Category 1
  1. Students who are currently tested every year submit the last 2 years of negative test documentation. Ideally, students should have a negative test within 6 months prior to registration.

Category 2

  1. Students who have NOT had PPD skin testing in the past 2 years must have a 2-step PPD.
  2. A-2 step PPD is defined as 2 negative skin tests placed at least 7 days apart and each having been read 48 hours-72hours after placement. This must be completed within 6 months prior to registration.
Category 3
  1. If a student has had a positive skin test in the past or was given BCG as a child, they must have documentation of a TB Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) within 6 months prior to registration.  IGRA blood testing will be used to meet the requirement for yearly TB screening.
  2. Students who were given BCG as a child and have not tested positive to the PPD skin test have the choice of either providing negative results with the two-step PPD skin test or IGRA testing.
  3. If a student has a history of a positive skin test or history of TB they must complete the symptom screening checklist.
  4. Students coming from another country where IGRA testing is not available may complete the TB Assessment upon arrival in the United States/UNMC.  Students should be promptly screened for signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis.  If the screening is negative for symptoms of TB the student will be allowed to enroll and engage in activities at UNMC.   The student will be required to receive IGRA testing within 2 weeks of arriving at UNMC.
Polio If the student is not going to travel outside the western hemisphere it is not necessary to provide documentation of polio vaccination. However, if the student will be going on trips to Africa or Asia, then the student must be vaccinated or obtain a serologic study to document immunity to the three poliovirus serotypes (P1, P2, and P3).
Flu Vaccine NURSING students only must receive 1 dose of the flu vaccine each year prior to December 1.

The above requirements may be waived by the Director of Student Health when medically contraindicated.

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