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Immunization requirements for medical students

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General information

  • The University of Saskatchewan requires that all students attending a Health Science College provide documented proof of immunization
  • Completion of these requirements is mandatory and are not subject to accommodations for philosophical reasons
  • Completion of the immunization requirements is the responsibility of the student as well as any associated costs. Most immunizations are covered by your Provincial Health card, with the exception of the Two Step Tuberculin skin test, which will cost $80 payable by cash or cheque at your first visit
  • CONSENT:  Immunization records and/or serology results will be shared with your College and clinical placements throughout your studies as required – this is to ensure your safety and the safety of your clients.  You are required to sign a consent form to authorize sharing of this information

Immunization instructions for students entering year 1

  1. Review the Specific Immunization Requirements (see below)
  2. Locate your childhood and adult immunization records.  If you do not have these records, contact your Public Health Unit or Family Doctor. 
  3. Set up an appointment with Student Health Services:

Student Health Services
Place Riel Student Centre, 4th Floor
University of Saskatchewan
1 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5A3

For appointments: (306) 966-5768
For immunization review enquiries: (306) 966-5783 or (306) 966-2397

You may choose to see your Family Physician to begin and/or complete your immunization review, but you are still required to have an appointment with Student Health Services to ensure all requirements have been met

  1. You will have your Two Step Tuberculin skin test (TST) at your first visit at Student Health
  2. Send a copy of your immunization records, a copy of any blood tests that were done to confirm immunity, and the attached, signed consent to the address above by AUGUST 1, 2016
  3. Sign the consent that is attached and bring it with you to your first appointment
  4. Failure to complete your Immunizations (certain exceptions apply) before the first day of Orientation on AUGUST 10, 2016 will mean you will not be able to participate in any hospital or clinic experiences. 

Specific immunization requirements

Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td):

  • Primary series of 3-5 doses, then a booster every 10 years

Pertussis:

  • Primary series and adults are encouraged to have a Td booster with the pertussis component once in their adult lifetime.  This is mandatory in the College of Medicine

Polio:

  • Primary series, booster if travelling in endemic areas

Measles, mumps, rubella:

  • Documented proof of vaccination with 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella OR by Proof of immunity by serological evidence (please attach)

Tuberculin skin test (TST): 

  • Two step TST (to be done at Student Health), followed by annual one step TST
  • If there is a history of a positive Tuberculin, a CXR is required

Hepatitis B:

  • A series of two or three doses followed by an antibody check. 
  • If you have already received the series, lab evidence of immunity is required (please attach)
  • If the Hepatitis B Surface Antibody is non-immune (0 mIU/ml), a Hepatitis B surface antigen test must be done. If the antigen test is positive, consult your Health Care Provider.  Refer to your specific College Policy for guidelines regarding clinical practice
  • If the antigen test is negative, (and antibody non-immune); revaccination and reassessment for  immunity must be done

Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Serological evidence of immunity (please attach) OR proof of two doses  of varicella vaccination

Influenza

  • Recommended annually (mandatory for some programs – check your College policy)