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New UTHSC Students

SUBMITTING IMMUNIZATION DOCUMENTATION:

UHS now has a secure web-portal called OpenCommunicator where students can submit their immunization records. Just go to the following link:

http://pnc-portal.uthsc.edu

Enter your net ID and password

Enter your date of birth

Click on Forms (at left)

Click on UTHSC Required Immunizations

Complete this form

Then submit copies of your official vaccine documentation to UHS so we can verify your records. You can mail, fax, or e-mail your records.


Particularly Important Note

 

All entering students must complete the steps above and submit their documentation to: 

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

University Health Services

910 Madison Avenue, Suite 922

Memphis, TN 38163

Phone: 901-448-5630     Fax: 901-448-7255

 

All immunizations should be up to date for enrollment at UTHSC, and proof of immunizations or immunity is required.

The Hepatitis B immunization series and positive titer are required of all students and you have one academic year to complete this requirement. You must begin this series before your first semester of enrollment. If you have completed the Hepatitis B series, you must provide proof of immunity by titer.

All UTHSC students are required to receive the tuberculin skin test annually.  Students who have been vaccinated with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and do not provide documentation of a past, positive, tuberculin skin test, are required to have tuberculin screening to determine tuberculosis status.  Persons who test TB skin test positive or have previously tested positive are required to get TB screening through a blood test or chest x-ray as referred by UHS. If this test is reactive, the student will be referred to the Regional One Health for chest x-ray. 

NOTE: TB skin tests do not need to be complete before admission.  TB skin tests will be given during registration.

If you have any questions or you need any help in getting your shots up to date, please call us at (901) 448-5630.

NOTE: University Health Services (UHS) can administer any or all of the required vaccinations.
Contact them directly, if you wish to ask questions regarding fees and/or request a vaccination.

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES (UHS)
910 Madison Avenue, Suite 922

Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-5630

Fax (901) 448-7255

The UTHSC immunization requirements and how to satisfy them are presented below.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Series

  • You must provide documentation showing you have had the two-shot MMR series, OR
  • You must provide documentation showing a positive titer.

NOTE: A "positive titer" provides verification that you have antibodies present in your system that indicate you (1) have had the disease or (2) have been vaccinated "successfully" against the disease. In either case, a positive titer indicates that you are unlikely to get the disease a second time.

Polio Series

  • You must provide documentation showing you have had the polio series (aka OPV),

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Shot

  • You must provide documentation showing you have had an adult TDAP(Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Shot).

Hepatitis B Series

  • You must provide documentation showing you have had a three-vaccination Hepatitis B series (aka HBV or HepB), AND
  • You must provide documentation showing you have had a post-series positive titer.

Varicella Series

  • You must provide documentation showing you have had a two-vaccination Varicella series (aka Var or Chicken Pox), OR
  • You must provide documentation showing you have a positive (immune) titer.

Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test

You must provide documentation showing you have had a negative TB Skin Test within the last 3 months.

If you have ever had a positive TB skin test, consult with UHS. T-spot test is available at no charge for students. UHS can refer for a chest x-ray if needed.

All UTHSC students are required to receive the tuberculin skin test annually.  Students who have been vaccinated with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and do not provide documentation of a past, positive, tuberculin skin test, are required to have tuberculin screening through a blood assay to determine tuberculosis status.   

All UTHSC students are required to have documentation of a tuberculosis test (TST or IGRA) completed within 3 months prior to their start date. These records must be forwarded to UHS for documentation and approval. New students may elect to have a TST or IGRA test completed at UHS prior to their start date at no cost. Students that test positive or whose documentation show a previous positive result must receive a chest x-ray. The chest x-ray arrangements will be set up through the UHS current vendor. If the chest x-ray is abnormal, then UHS will decide how best to have you evaluated further. This can be done by a specialist in Infectious Disease, Pulmonary Medicine or the Shelby County Health Department. The individual may also be referred to the Shelby County health Department for medication and sputum testing for smears and culture. TST and IGRA tests results should take no longer than 4 days and the scheduling of a chest x-ray should take no longer than 2 business days.  No student will be able to go on rotation or begin class until all results have been identified and cleared by UHS.  Students that fail to start the process in a timely manner, may have a delayed start date according to their college requirements.

Meningococcal Vaccine (Optional, except for Clinical Laboratory Science students)

If you are a Clinical Laboratory Science student, you must provide documentation showing you have had the Meningitis Vaccine.

University Health Services (UHS) is responsible for determining whether or not the immunization documentation provided is adequate and complete.  UHS is available to administer any required immunizations and lab work for students.

All supporting documentation must be submitted to University Health Services at the address below along with a completed copy of the Required Immunization Form. PDF icon

University Health Services

910 Madison Avenue, Suite 922

Memphis, TN  38163

(901) 448-5630

Fax (901) 448-7255

 

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910 Madison Ave. Suite 922
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-5630
Fax: 901-448-7255