FAQs on the UCC ID screening and immunisation programme: faqimms (203kB)
Summary of ID screening and immunisation requirements: immtable1 (277kB)
UCC ID screening and immunisation policy: infdispolicy (436kB)
National ID Med. Students policy: Nationalmedstudentinfpolicy (3,288kB)
UCC ID screening and immunisation history Forms:
The forms that must be completed by your doctor are available for download below. Please select the appropriate form based on your course and the risk of Tuberculosis (TB) in your country*.
|Course||TB Low Risk||TB Higher Risk|
Dentistry (BDS Undergraduate)
|BDSlowTB (206kB)||BDShighTB (208kB)|
Dentistry Graduate Entry (BDSG Grad. Entry) Dental Nursing (DDN) Dental Hygiene (DDH)
|Audioliogy (MSc): Medicine (BMBB:BMBBG): Speech and Language (BScSLT): Occupational Therapy (BSCOT): Pharmacy (BPHARM)||
*Higher risk is defined by the WHO as > 40 cases of TB/100,000 population.
Find the incidence of TB in your country of origin: WHO TB INCIDENCE (37kB)
For Students of: Medicine: Pharmacy: Dentistry: DDH: DDN: OT: S<: & Audiology
A: Students (who are not previously immune by virtue of previously naturally acquired infection) should as a minimum receive or have received completed courses of immunisations for Hepatitis B (3 or in some cases 4 doses), MMR (2 doses), BCG (1 dose),Varicella (1 or in some cases 2 doses)
A: Hepatitis B vaccination is mandatory for Healthcare Students in UCC, unless contra-indicated.
A: The National Immunisation guidelines for Ireland (2008) edition outlines the recommended vaccinations for people living in the Republic of Ireland. Chapter 18 details the recommendations for certain occupational groups, including Healthcare workers and Healthcare students. See http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/guidelines/immunisationguidelines.html
A: The ID Screening and Immunisation Policy for UCC Healthcare Students can be downloaded from http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/InfectiousDiseaseScreening&ImmunisationPolicyincludingBBVv3.pdf
A: Healthcare students should consider availing of annual Influenza vaccination , and ensure that they have completed the primary and booster course of Tetanus vaccinations. These vaccines are available on request at the student Health department but are not included in the routine vaccination programme. An extra fee applies for these vaccinations.
The Fee payable is 250 Euro*, payable in full and in advance, at time of Registration. All students are liable to pay the fee, unless this fee has previously been paid to UCC by you whilst undertaking another course, or is paid by a sponsor or UCC+. (For Graduate Dentistry, Dental Nursing and Dental Hygiene the Fee payable is 300 Euro)
A: Students are liable to pay the Immunisation Fee once only. If you have paid this Immunisation Fee previously let us know and we will confirm this in your records. You will not be liable to pay the fee to us twice.
A: Yes, you must pay the Immunisation Fee to UCC in advance. Your full immunisation and medical history will be reviewed and confirmed by the Student Health Department. You will be deemed to have cleared all the ID screening and immunisation requirements only after your Hepatitis B immunity status has been confirmed by an Identified Validated Sample (IVS) blood test undertaken in the Student Health Department, and written confirmation of all previous vaccinations and/or TB screening has been received. Once you have been cleared you will be entitled to a partial refund of the Immunisation.
A: A sliding scale of refunds apply depending on the the number of boosters and attendances for follow up blood tests are needed. The maximum refund payable, in the event that only one attendance for a blood test is needed and no other immunisations or screening is required is 150 Euro. (200 Euro for students of Graduate Dentistry, Dental Nursing and Dental Hygiene)
A: A portion of the Immunisation is non-refundable even if you require no further vaccination boosters or tuberculin skin tests. The minimum amount retained/not refunded is 100 Euro. This covers the cost of professional time involved in reviewing your immunisation and medical history, loading this data, undertaking the IVS blood test to confirm Hepatitis B immunity, the provision of personal certificates of immunisation, immunity and ID screening clearance, and the generation of annual reports of the immunity status of all students and co-ordinating and administrating the programme.
A: Refunds are payable only once your Hepatitis B immunity status has been confirmed by an Identified Validated Sample (IVS) blood test undertaken in the Student Health Department, and written confirmation of all previous vaccinations and/or TB screening has been received. Refunds are usually available from the end of your 1st year.
A: Certificates of your immunity status will be provided to you on request, once you have been deemed to have cleared the ID screening and immunisation requirements for UCC Healthcare Students.
A: BCG vaccinations is recommended for healthcare students training in Ireland. It is not mandatory however.
A: BCG is not part of the routine control of Tuberculosis in some countries, including the US and Canada. If you opt for BCG vaccination this may affect the interpretation of any subsequent TB screening that you may have to undergo to work as a healthcare professional in the US or Canada
A: You must be screened to ensure you do not have Tuberculosis. This involves a skin test +/- a Chest X-Ray. You are advised to undergo TB screening at least every 2 years. If you subsequently decide to opt for the BCG vaccine contact the Student Health Department to arrange this. You should also be vigilant and aware of the symptoms of TB: persisting cough with night sweats, coughing up blood, weight loss. If in doubt and you are concerned, discuss with the Student Health Doctor.
A: A full course of 2 lifetime doses of MMR vaccine is recommended for healthcare students training in Ireland. It is not mandatory however. There has been a significant outbreak of Mumps in University over the past few years, with students ill and occasionally unable to complete examinations/ missing time in University.
A: Interpretation of mumps and measles igG levels is problematic as there is no IgG level that definitely indicates immunity in those vaccinated. Evidence of immunity for individuals born after 1978 is documented evidence of 2 doses of MMR In the absence of this evidence you should be vaccinated with at least a lifetime’s total of 2 doses of MMR vaccines, minimum 1 months apart.
A: To remain on schedule and comply with the deadlines for ID clearance, it is recommended that all immunisations are completed in the UCC Student Health Department. Should you obtain immunisations elsewhere you must provide written and signed documentation of the immunisation to the Student Health Department
A: No. Hepatitis B Immunity status (and Infectivity status where applicable) must be certified by the Student Health Department UCC, and the sample must be taken by the UCC Student Health department under the Identified Validated Sample standard proceedures.
UCC HealthCare Students Elective Information
UCC Healthcare students who intend to arrange an elective attachment at another institution may need to complete health clearance and obtain certification of immunity. Please read the document below for further details.
Non-UCC HealthCare Students Seeking a UCC attachment or Elective.
Students who are not UCC Students and who intend to apply and complete an elective in a UCC affiliated Hospital or Clinical Unit are adviced to contact the hospital or clinical unit, Occupational Health Department directly, to seek advice as to the requirements for that particular hospital or unit. You will be advised as to the requirements for Infectious Disease Screening, Immunisation, Exposure Prone Procedure Clearance which apply for that particular hospital or unit.
This clearance and immunisation is not undertaken by UCC Student Health.
Since 2014, there has been an international problem relating to the supply of Tuberculin and BCG vaccine, used for screening and immunisation against Tuberculosis. This relates to manufacturing and distribution difficulties.
Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST or the Mantoux Test) is not available in the Student Health Department and is unlike to be available before January 2016, and possibly even beyond that.
It is also our understanding that the Tuberculin Skin Testing service provided by EHA Occupational Health and Hygiene Consultant private clinic in Mahon Cork is similarity temporarily suspended. See http://www.eha.ie/ for contact details and to check the latest situation with EHA directly.
Whatever very limited supplies of Tuberculin and BCG vaccine remain in the country are being reserved for use in the neonate population and for screening contacts of cases of Tuberculosis.
The programme to screen and immunise healthcare students for Tuberculosis using the TST and BCG vaccination is therefore under review to consider the options, especially if this shortage of supplies is likely to continue for a further academic year.
For students who require TB screening in advance of acceptance for a clinical elective placement, please contact the institution to which you are applying to determine if they will accept any alternative form of TB screening. The IGRA Quantiferon test is occasionally acceptable as an alternative, occasionally coupled with Chest X Ray screening.
IGRA Quantiferon testing and Chest X Ray Screening can be arranged and undertaken through the Student Health Department UCC. IGRA testing requires attendance at the Student Health Department for a blood test, and costs 80 Euro currently. Chest Xrays can be undertaken at local private clinics and costs can vary , upwards of 100 Euro.