Healthcare Students

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 RiskTB Higher Risk

Dentistry (BDS Undergraduate)

 BDSlowTB (206kB)  BDShighTB (208kB)

Dentistry Graduate Entry (BDSG Grad. Entry) Dental Nursing (DDN) Dental Hygiene (DDH)

 DDNlowTB (206kB)
 DDNhighTB (208kB)
Audioliogy (MSc): Medicine (BMBB:BMBBG): Speech and Language (BScSLT): Occupational Therapy (BSCOT): Pharmacy (BPHARM)
 MedlowTB (207kB)
 

 

*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&LT: & Audiology

Q1 What immunisations are recommended and provided for UCC Healthcare students?

Q2 Which if any of these immunisations are mandatory for UCC Healthcare students?

Q3 Are there National Guideline as to recommended vaccinations for Healthcare  students?

Q4 Where can I get a copy of the UCC Healthcare Students ID screening and immunisation Policy?

Q5 Are there any other vaccinations which may be of benefit for Healthcare students?

Q6 What is the Fee payable by  students for the ID screening and Immunisation Programme?

Q7 I have paid the Immunisation Fee to UCC previously as part of another UCC course. Do I pay again?

Q8 I have obtained all these vaccinations elsewhere, do I have to pay the Immunisation Fee?

Q9 If I have obtained these vaccinations elsewhere, how  much of the Immunisation Fee is refunded to me?

Q10 Why am I not refunded the full Immunisation Fee if I have been obtained these vaccinations elsewhere?
Q11 If I am entitled to a refund when will this be paid?

Q12 Can I get a certificate of my ID screening and immunity status?

Q13 Is it mandatory that I receive/have received the BCG vaccine?

Q14 I intend to work in the US or Canada. What are the implications if I opt for the BCG vaccine?

Q15 I wish to decline the BCG vaccine , is there anything else I need to be aware of/do?

Q16 Is it mandatory that I receive/have received a full course of 2 doses MMR vaccine?

Q17  Why are blood tests for IgG levels for Measles/Mumps not accepted as proof of immunity?

Q18 My Father/Uncle is a Doctor; can’t he give me my injections?

Q19 My Father/Uncle is a Doctor; can’t he take my blood tests to confirm my Hepatitis B Status?

ANSWERS

What immunisations are recommended and provided for UCC Healthcare students?

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)

Which if any of these immunisations are mandatory for UCC Healthcare students?

A: Hepatitis B vaccination is mandatory for Healthcare Students in UCC, unless contra-indicated.

Are there National Guideline as to recommended vaccinations for Healthcare  students?

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  

Where can I get a copy of the UCC Healthcare Students ID screening and immunisation Policy?

A: The ID Screening and Immunisation Policy for UCC Healthcare Students can be downloaded from http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/InfectiousDiseaseScreening&ImmunisationPolicyincludingBBVv3.pdf

 Are there any other vaccinations which may be of benefit for Healthcare students?

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.

What is the Fee payable by  students for the ID screening and Immunisation Programme?

 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)

I have paid the Immunisation Fee to UCC previously as part of another UCC course. Do I pay again?

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.

I have obtained all these vaccinations elsewhere, do I have to pay the Immunisation Fee to UCC ?

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.

If I have obtained these vaccinations elsewhere, how  much of the Immunisation Fee is refunded to me?

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)

Why am I not refunded the full Immunisation Fee  if I have been obtained these vaccinations elsewhere?

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.

 If I am entitled to a refund when will this be paid?

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.

Can I get a certificate of my ID screening and immunity status?

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.

 Is it mandatory that I receive/have received the BCG vaccine?

A: BCG vaccinations is recommended for healthcare students training in Ireland. It is not mandatory however.

I intend to work in the US or Canada. What are the implications if I opt for the BCG vaccine?

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

I wish to decline the BCG vaccine , is there anything else I need to be aware of/do?

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.

 Is it mandatory that I receive/have received a full course of 2 doses MMR vaccine?

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.

 Why are blood tests for IgG levels for Measles/Mumps not accepted as proof of immunity?

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.

Q18 My Father/Uncle is a Doctor; can’t he/she give me my injections?

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

Q19 My Father/Uncle is a Doctor; can’t he/she take my blood tests to confirm my Hepatitis B Status?

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.

Medical clearance for clinical electives (75kB) 

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.

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