Volume 6 Student Services
Chapter 15 Immunization Policy
Responsible Office: Student Health
Originally issued: unknown
Revised: 3/23/2009, 5/17/2010
The specific minimum immunization requirements at Georgia Health Sciences University are established by Board of Regents policy, which is periodically reviewed and modified. The Board of Regents policy allows Georgia Health Sciences University to enhance these requirements, with the concurrence of the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. Georgia Health Sciences University’s specific immunization requirements are also periodically reviewed and modified. With the concurrence of the President of Georgia Health Sciences University and Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, individual colleges may require additional immunizations.
All entering Georgia Health Sciences University students must provide the Georgia Health Sciences University Student Health Service (Student Health) with sufficient evidence that they are fully immunized and/or have proof of immunity with serological titer against Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Rubeola (Red Measles), Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Hepatitis B and Varicella (Chicken Pox). Students are also required to have had a PPD (tuberculin test) within three months prior to the first day of class at Georgia Health Sciences University and annually thereafter.
Reason For Policy
This policy is designed to protect students and their contacts from vaccine-preventable diseases and to insure compliance with the University System’s Board of Regents Immunization Policy and requirements based on the standards of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American College Health Association (ACHA) for adult immunizations. Georgia Health Sciences University’s policy is an expanded version based on the standards for adult immunizations in healthcare workers.
Entities Affected By This Policy
All students, faculty, and administrators at Georgia Health Sciences University are affected by this policy.
Who Should Read This Policy
All students enrolled at Georgia Health Sciences University, its Registrar, faculty, and their support staff must be aware of this policy.
|Director, Student Health Service||706-721-3448||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/shs/mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org|
Georgia Health Sciences University Student Health Services: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/shs/immuniz.htm
University System of Georgia:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/vpd-vac-basics.htm
Georgia Department of Human Resources:
American College Health Association:
These definitions apply to these terms as they are used in this policy.
|Titer||Laboratory exam (serologic) to see if an immunization has brought the antibody level up to a preventive level, which would indicate that the body has mounted an adequate immune response, and the individual is adequately protected from the disease.|
|PPD||Tuberculosis skin test|
Georgia Health Sciences University Immunization Policy is designed to protect students who are in a healthcare environment and their contacts. Support is provided to all five schools and distant learning sites to ensure that medical and immunization requirements are fulfilled for matriculation and clinical rotations. This is not only important for students’ health but is mandatory for accreditation purposes. These efforts help to fulfill major aspects of the mission of Student Health Service: to meet the individual health needs of students, to improve and enhance the overall “campus health,” to aid in campus retention of students, and to contribute to the overall educational experience of Georgia Health Sciences University’s student population.
- As evidence of compliance with this policy the entering student must provide Student Health with the Georgia Health Sciences University Certificate of Immunization record, signed by a public health official or private healthcare provider prior to the student’s first enrollment at Georgia Health Sciences University.
- For the immunizations to be current the student must show proof of adequate immunization or immunity for Mumps, Rubeola, Rubella, Polio and Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis. The student must also provide results of a PPD test received within 3 months prior to the start of class and annually thereafter. Additionally, students should have received three hepatitis B vaccinations and show proof of immunity with a positive Hepatitis B surface antibody titer, preferably drawn 4-8 weeks after the third injection. The student must also show proof of immunity to Varicella (Chicken Pox) with documentation of a positive Varicella immunoglobulin (IgG) titer. Most clinical rotations require a titer despite a personal history of the disease.
- Student Health will provide each admissions office with clear directions for entering students to follow to allow them to comply with this policy.
- All entering students will be sent directions for complying with this policy by their admissions office in ample time, if possible, for the student to comply with the policy prior to registration. Student Health will notify each student’s college of enrollment and the office of the Vice President for Instruction & Enrollment Management of any students who have not met the immunization requirements as of the start of classes and do not qualify for an extension as in the Exceptions section below.
- The decision to disenroll a student for non-compliance will be made by the student’s school of enrollment and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction & Enrollment Management.
In cases in which compliance with this policy prior to the start of classes is not feasible for the enrolled student, Student Health may grant an extension for the student to comply. These extensions are defined as follows:
- If the student is accepted to a program less than 30 days prior to the start of classes, an extension can be granted to expire on the 30thday after classes start.
- If the student has a temporary medical condition that prohibits compliance, the student will be granted an extension until the medical condition is resolved.
- If the student is in the process of completing a specific vaccination series, the student will be granted an extension. The student is expected to follow the required time frames of completion associated with each requirement within the series.
- Student Health will notify each student’s college of enrollment and the office of the Vice President for Instruction & Enrollment Management of any student that is not compliant during or after the end of the approved extension period.
Students who are disenrolled due to non-compliance under the provisions of this policy may appeal the decision to the President of Georgia Health Sciences University. The President’s decision will be final as far as the university is concerned.
The responsibilities each party has in connection with Academic, Research, and Student Affairs Policy 6.15, Immunization Policy, are:
|Enrolling Students||Complete Georgia Health Sciences University Certificate of Immunization according to guidelines and requirements and send to Student Health. Maintain compliance with all requirements and provide documentation of such compliance.|
|Student Health||Audits immunization records when received and monitor need for updates until graduation of student.Places and removes immunization holds as needed to keep students up-to-date with required immunizations.Serves as point of contact for students and colleges, reviews immunization records, monitors immunization status, and maintains immunization records.|
Forms: All forms are found at the following Web site:
- Privacy Notice Acknowledgement
- Georgia Health Sciences University Certificate of Immunization
- Positive PPD test questionnaire
Medical History Form Responsibility Statement