In line with Department of Health guidance, as a healthcare student you are required to have occupational health clearance before you attend clinical placements. In order to obtain this clearance you are required to demonstrate that you have immunity to the following diseases:
- Measles, mumps and rubella (a history of 2 MMR vaccinations required)
- VZV - varicella zoster (a history of the disease or blood test required)
We also recommend (not essential) that you have:
- Diptheria, tetanus and polio (a history of 5 DTP vaccinations recommended)
Your immunisation history report from your general practice should provide information of your immunity to these infectious diseases. Please ensure you bring a copy of your immunisation history with you for your new GP surgery. If you do not have adequate immunity to any of the diseases listed above we will arrange to immunise you at this appointment. If you have any medical reasons to prevent you from having any of these vaccinations this will be discussed with you at this appointment.
Hepatitis B Vaccinations
The Department of Health guidelines indicate that for their own protection, all healthcare students should be immunised against hepatitis B. Having the full hepatitis B course and demonstrating immunity to this is a requirement of the following courses: Medicine, Physician Associate, Midwifery, ODP and Paramedic Science.
It is strongly recommended for students on all other healthcare courses. Should you have a needlestick or sharps injury, knowing that you have optimum immunity to hepatitis B will be very reassuring. The hepatitis B vaccination course consists of 3 injections and a blood test:
- Initial dose
- Second dose given not less than one month after initial dose
- Third dose given not less than six months after initial dose
- Hepatitis B Surface Antibody test carried out no less than 8 weeks after the third dose.
There are other time schedules for giving this vaccine but it is recommended that healthcare workers have the above schedule.
This vaccination is not available on the NHS and therefore there is sometimes an associated cost.
It is useful to start the Hep B course prior to arriving at university so you have the maximum level of protection against the disease when you begin placement.
What should you do now?
- Contact your home GP to see if they can provide the Hepatitis B immunisations to prospective healthcare workers
- If you are unable to get the immunisation through your home GP, you are welcome to contact us as we may be able to start the vaccination course before you come to university, however you will have to fund this yourself before you are a registered student. The current cost is £35 per vaccine for non-registered students.
- Please note Pharmacy students must fund the full course of Hep B vaccines and blood test should they wish to have it, at a current cost of £130. It is not a requirement of this course.