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Immunizations

Division

5

STUDENT AFFAIRS

Department

5.7

HEALTH SERVICES

 

5.7.2

IMMUNIZATIONS

Policy

 

 

 

Worcester State University is committed to the protection of its staff, and students by tracking certain vaccines.  The University is in compliance with Massachusetts State Law (105 CMR 220.00).

 

Procedure

 

 

 

 

 

  1. All full-time, undergraduate and graduate students; all nursing, occupational therapy and speech pathology/communication disorder majors (both full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students), and all students attending school on a F-1 or J-1 visa, are required to have 1 dose of Tdap(tetanus,diphtheria, acellular pertussis), if it has been 5 years or more since last Td(Tetanus).  Otherwise, a Td booster is required, within 10 years.

 

  1. All full-time, undergraduate and graduate students; all nursing, occupational therapy and speech pathology/communication disorder majors (both full-time and part-time students, undergraduate and graduate students), and all students attending school on a student visa, are required to have two Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR’s) vaccinations.

 

  1. Students may waive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination by proving immunity by serology titers.

 

  1. All full-time, undergraduate and graduate students; all nursing, occupational therapy and speech pathology/communication disorder majors (both full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students), and all students attending school on a F-1 or J-1 visa, are required to have 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.  Serologic proof of immunity to Hepatitis B will be acceptable.

 

  1. All full-time and part-time students, undergraduate and graduate, in degree-granting programs are required to:
    1. Receive information about meningococcal disease and vaccine; and

All newly enrolled full-time resident students must receive the document titled Information about Meningococcal Disease and Vaccination and Waiver for Students at Residential Schools and Colleges and must comply with the meningococcal vaccination requirements

 

2.       Provide documentation of receipt of 1 dose of meningococcal  polysaccharide vaccine within the last 5 years(or a dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine at anytime in the past); or

 

3.       As an alternative, new students or their parents/legal guardians, may sign the meningococcal information and waiver form, stating that the student has received information about the dangers of meningococcal disease, reviewed the information provided and elected to decline the vaccine.

 

 

F.       All full-time, undergraduate and graduate students; all nursing, occupational therapy and speech pathology/communication disorders majors (both full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students); and all students attending school, on a student visa; are required to document immunity to varicella (chicken pox).  This requirement may be met by demonstrating birth in the U.S before 1980(except full-time/part-time students in a health program, who have patient contact), or a history of chicken pox disease verified by a health care provider, or laboratory evidence of immunity to varicella, or 2 doses of varicella vaccine (given at or after 12 months of age, and a second injection given at least 4 weeks after the first dose).

 

  1. Students may be excused from required vaccinations if medically contraindicated.  A letter from their primary care provider stating medical contraindications is required.

 

  1. Students may be excused from required immunizations if vaccinations are in conflict with religious beliefs.  A statement with substantiation is required and must be signed by the student.

 

  1. Vaccination requirements may change in compliance with Massachusetts law.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved by Vice President/Date

 

 S. Brownlee

Approved by Cabinet/Date

 

 

Revised Date

 

Spring 2011

 

 

 

 

Last modified at 10/17/2012 4:55 PM  by Kazarian, Julie