Infectious Disease Screening & Vaccination
ID Screening and Vaccination Policy:
The Policy is available to download and read here: infdispolicy
ID Screening and Vaccination Forms:
The Forms that must be completed by you and/or your doctor are available for download here: vaccination history
Uploading Immunisation Records to Student Health OR Requesting Copies of Immmunisation Records
You can use the Clinical Placement Contact Form to Upload Forms OR request copies of your Immunisation Records.
TB screening will be undertaken on incoming healthcare students. This screening will take the form of some or all or all of: TB History screen, IGRA Quantiferon Tests, and a Chest X Ray, as determined by the Student Health Doctor and according to your risk of TB, based on countries you have lived in for >1 month in the preceeding 2 years. BCG is not required.
*High endemicity of TB is defined by the WHO as > 40 cases of TB/100,000 population.
Find the incidence of TB in your country of origin: CLICK AND SEARCH: WHO TB INCIDENCE
FAQs: Screening and Vaccination Programme
Q1: Do I have to attend my doctor to get the Vaccination Report Form signed?
A1: No, you just need to request a copy of your vaccine records OR you doctor can fill in the dates on the form. If your doctor does not have your vaccine records, you can request these from the HSE.
Q2: What immunisations are recommended for and provided for UCC healthcare students?
A2: Students (who are not previously immunised or 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), Varicella (1 or in some cases 2 doses)
Q3: Do I need to have these immunisations before I start my course?
A3: No, all the immunisations above will be available at your ID screening and immunisation appointments during your first year at UCC. If you have had some of these immunisations already, please bring documentation/immunisation record or your Doctor can fill in these dates on the form.
Q4: Which if any of these immunisations are mandatory for UCC healthcare students?
A4: None of the vaccines are mandatory however a student who declines to be immunised against these illnesses or who has a confirmed medical contraindication to a vaccine may be denied placement in certain healthcare settings, and as a result may not be in a position to acquire the necessary skills or core competencies for their programme.
Q5: Is there a National Guideline as to recommended immunisations for healthcare students?
A5: The National Immunisation guidelines for Ireland (2008) edition outlines the recommended immunisations for people living in the Republic of Ireland. Chapter 18 details the recommendations for certain occupational groups, including Healthcare workers and Healthcare students. See website: http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/guidelines/immunisationguidelines.html
Q6: Where can I get a copy of the UCC healthcare students ID screening and immunisation Policy?
A6: The ID Screening and Immunisation Policy for UCC healthcare students can be downloaded from
Q7: Are there any other immunisations which may be of benefit for healthcare students?
A7: Healthcare students should consider availing of annual Influenza vaccination and ensure that they have completed the primary and booster course of Tetanus immunisations. These vaccines are available on request at the Student Health Department but are not included in the routine vaccination programme. An extra fee may apply for these immunisations.
Q8: What is the Fee payable by students for the ID screening and Immunisation Programme?
A8: If all your immunisations are complete the core fee payable is 110 Euro, and this is payable at the first ID screening and immunisation appointment via Bilinks our secure online payment system. All students are liable to pay the fee. You are exempt from paying this fee if you have paid UCC Student Health this fee has previously whilst undertaking another course in UCC, or if the fee is paid by your sponsor, or if you are a UCC PLUS/ HEAR student.
Other fees payable for vaccines and TB screening blood test as required.
Hepatitis B vaccine per dose (course=3-4 doses)
Varicella Zoster vaccine (per dose)
TB IGRA blood test
Chest X Ray
Q9: I have paid this Fee to UCC previously as part of another UCC course. Do I pay again?
A9: Students are liable to pay the fee to Student Health UCC once only. If you have paid this fee to Student Health UCC previously let us know and we will confirm this in your records. You will not be liable to pay the fee to us twice.
Q10: I have obtained all these immunisations elsewhere; do I have to pay the fee?
A10: Yes, you must pay the core fee of 110 euro. 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 (in addition to full EPP bloods for those course undertaking Exposure Prone Procedures EPP’s) has been confirmed by an Identified Validated Sample (IVS) blood test undertaken in the Student Health Department, and documentation of previous immunisations and/or TB screening has been received.
Q11: Why do I have to pay a fee if I have been obtained these immunisations elsewhere?
A11: The core fee of 110 euro is payable even if you require no further vaccination boosters. 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, the generation of annual reports of the immunity status of all students, and the administration of the programme.
Q12: Can I get a certificate of my ID screening and immunity status?
A12: 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. Directions on application for certificate of immunity status is available through the Student Health and Wellbeing webpage under ‘How to access your records’.
Q13: What is involved in Tuberculosis screening and immunisation?
A13: You must be screened to ensure you do not have Tuberculosis. This involves a ‘symptom and exposure’ questionnaire. In addition an IGRA Quantiferon blood test is required (if you have not had BCG vaccination previously or you have lived for >1 month in a country with high endemicity of TB in the previous 2 years. BCG vaccine is currently unavailable and is not a requirement for your course.
Depending on travel history you may also need a chest x-ray. You should remain vigilant and be aware of the symptoms of TB: persisting cough, night sweats, coughing up blood, or weight loss. If in doubt and you are concerned, discuss with a Student Health Doctor.
Q14: Is it mandatory that I receive/have received a full course of 2 doses MMR vaccine?
A14: 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 missing time and unable to complete examinations in University. Cases of Measles in healthcare students have also occurred.
Q15: Why are blood tests for IgG levels for Measles/Mumps not accepted as proof of immunity?
A15: Interpretation of Mumps IgG levels is problematic as there is no IgG level that definitively indicates immunity in those vaccinated. Evidence of immunity for individuals born in or since 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.
Screening Healthcare Students for Tuberculosis involves a series of TB screening questions, and in some cases an IGRA quantiferon Test +/- a Chest X-Ray.
Healthcare Students who are concerned that they may have contracted TB or have been exposed to a case of open TB resulting in them developing symptoms such as:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained persistent cough ongoing for > 3 weeks
- Unexplained fevers or drenching night sweats
- Coughing up blood or blood stained sputum
- becoming ill having spent time in a country with a high prevalence of TB
should attend their Doctor or Student Health Department explaining their concerns where the Doctor can consider if further investigation is needed.
BCG vaccine is not required for your course, however you are required to attend for TB Screening
Note: There has been a supply problem for BCG vaccine with stocks of the vaccine in Ireland exhausted since April 2015.
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 print out and read the document below for further details. You are asked to prepare your Forms and have a clear understanding of your requirements before submitting your Forms for confimatory signatures in Student Health and any subsequent attendances that may be needed.
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 advised 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.
In some circumstances this clearance and immunisation can be undertaken by UCC Student Health at the request of the Hospital or Unit providing the placement.
Fees may apply, payable by the individual or the unit concerned
TB Screening for Electives:
Tuberculin Skin Tests are available on a limited basis for students who require TB screening in advance of acceptance for a clinical elective placement. Students may also contact the institution to which you are applying to determine if the receiving institution will accept alternative forms of TB screening.
For Clinical Elective Pre-acceptance screening, the IGRA Quantiferon test is acceptable as an alternative, occasionally coupled with Chest X Ray screening.
IGRA Quantiferon testing and Chest X Ray screening for clinical elective pre-acceptance screening purposes 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 100 Euro.
Chest Xrays can be undertaken at local private clinics and costs can vary, upwards of 100 Euro.