Most students in a Health Sciences, Nursing and Human Services program need to provide a current Immunization/vaccination Record. If there is a Section "A": Mandatory Medical Requirements on your Clinical/Field Pre-Placement Health Form, you must provide proof of immunization. Depending on your personal situation, this process can take up to three months to complete and will require some planning.
Why is the Immunization Record important?
Immunizations must be current to have access to clinical placement environments.
Here's what you need to do:
Step 1: Arrange to have a medical professional complete the Clinical/Field Pre-Placement Health Form verifying all immunizations are current. If required, a copy of your blood test results must be provided to ParaMed at the time of your clearance appointment.
Step 2: Know your due date. See the upper right corner of your health form as the date may differ for each program year.
Step 3: Review the Checklist. See the last page of your health form as this will help you keep organized.
You may be asked for proof of immunization, and/or a laboratory blood test result in order to check for the following communicable diseases:
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
- Depending on blood titre results and your past vaccination schedule, if two MMR vaccines are required, they are given two months apart.
- Tuberculosis screening - Two step or One Step, depending on your program year
- Depending on the results of the TB screening, a chest x-ray and assessment may be required.
- Varicella (chicken pox)
- Depending on the blood titre results and your past vaccination schedule, you may require two vaccines, given one month apart.
- Tetanus/diphtheria (TD)
- Hepatitis B
- Depending on the blood titre results and your past vaccination schedule, up to three vaccinations may be required. If three Hepatitis B injections are needed, this will take six months to complete. The first two injections are given one month apart. If you have started the series you can be cleared by ParaMed.
If there is a Section "B": Other Medical Requirements on your Clinical/Field Pre-Placement Health Form, you must provide proof of flu immunization.
- Flu shot
- This is an annual vaccine and it is only available during flu season, normally in October and November.
- Following the flu vaccination, it will take 14 days to develop immunity.
- The Clinical/Field Pre-Placement Health Form will indicate whether the flu shot is a mandatory requirement, or if it is strongly recommended for your program. There may be consequences if you decline the flu shot, and this is outlined in the health form. Please contact the Pre-Placement Coordinator to discuss any concerns you may have.
- If the due date on your health form is prior to flu season, you can provide proof of flu vaccine at a later date by e-mail to ParaMed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: students are responsible for all costs related to placement. Costs are dependent upon each student's personal needs. Doctor's notes, form completion, laboratory blood work reports, x-rays and immunization may or may not be free of charge.
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