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Immunization and Serology 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 immunizations is required for Clinical Placements. Students who do not complete recommended immunization(s) must meet with the Associate Dean (or designate) to discuss, sign a waiver and may be excluded from some clinical areas and out of province electives during clerkship or Pre-Clerkship clinical experiences. Please see the  SHA immunization waiver and the Clinical Placement Agreement – Schedule E for more details.  For certain vaccinations, exemption from immunization is only allowed for students with approved accommodations through Access and Equity Services.
  • 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 debit or credit 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 patients. 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). The requirements align with the requirements you will have when you participate in clinical electives through the AFMC Student Portal.
  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 Wellness — Locate your childhood and adult immunization records. If you do not have these records, contact your Public Health Unit or Family Doctor. Students are required to and submit immunization records and signed consent form to student.wellness@usask.ca prior to their first appointment. Note that Student Wellness can provide remote appointments. 

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

For appointments or immunization review inquiries: (306) 966-5768.

For any questions regarding immunizations records please contact nurse.swc@usask.ca

Student Wellness Centre is in Saskatoon, and are able to work virtually with students starting their program in Regina. For the Regina students only, Employee Health and Safety at the General will provide the TST. Please phone (306) 766-7375 to set up an appointment (please advise that you are a Year 1 medical student calling to set up their TST).

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. The TST is completed over 4 visits.
  2. Sign the consent that is attached and bring it with you to your first appointment
  3. The deadline for completion of immunizations has been extended to September 15th, 2022
  4. Completion of immunizations is an expectation under the Clinical Placement Agreement between the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). Any student who is not able to complete recommended and required immunizations, or chooses not to receive those immunizations, should contact the Associate Dean, UGME to discuss, and must complete, sign and submit the SHA Immunization Waiver to the Associate Dean UGME after that discussion.

Specific immunization requirements

COVID-19

Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td)

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

Pertussis

  • Primary series and Tdap or Tdap – Pertussis booster given at 18 years or older.

Polio

  • Primary series, booster if travelling in endemic areas

Measles, mumps, rubella

  • Documented proof of vaccination with 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella

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

  • Immunizations: documentation of a Hepatitis B immunizations series is required for all students
  • Serology: both anti-HBs (hepatitis B surface antibody) and HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen) are required. Hep B serology is tested annually unless they have been confirmed immune to HBV or unless required to be done earlier pursuant to a blood or body fluid exposure protocol
  • For any students not confirmed immune to Hepatitis B, annual serology will be required

Varicella (Chickenpox)

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

Influenza

  • Influenza immunization is strongly recommended.
  • Clinical clerks are offered influenza immunization through the SHA, as part of employee campaigns. The UGME offices in Saskatoon and Regina contact students with respect to these clinics, which are organized by Occupational Health and Safety units at both the Royal University Hospital (Saskatoon) and Regina General Hospital (Regina).
  • In the event of influenza or other outbreak, any unvaccinated or non-immune student will be excluded from the outbreak area and will not be allowed to return until the SHA has determined it is safe to do so.

Hepatitis C

  • HCV serology (Hep C Ab) is required for all students (Documentation of serology is required within 1st year and again end of 3rd year)

HIV

  • HIV serology is required for all students (Documentation of serology is required within 1st year and again end of 3rd year)