Immunization and CPR Renewal
The College of Pharmacy requires that all pharmacy students be certified in an approved CPR training program by September 30 of their first professional year in the College of Pharmacy. A 2-year CPR training course providing certification that extends over two years is available during Professional Development Workshop. Students are required to maintain an updated certification. All CPR certifications and updates are at the expense of the student. There are several programs available which provide CPR training, certification and re-certification. However, the College of Pharmacy requires the Health Care Provider certification endorsed by the American Heart Association. This certification requires classroom time for hands on training and demonstration of skills.
As a prerequisite for Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE and APPE) in the College of Pharmacy, students are expected to have appropriate immunizations for protection of the students and the patients they may see. First year pharmacy students MUST complete all required vaccinations by January 2nd of their first professional year. Requirements not met at that time may require repeated vaccinations and may result in cancellation in registered courses for which immunizations are required (e.g. PPS 928). All pharmacy students must complete an annual TB screening. Failure to complete the TB screening may result in cancellation of registration and scheduling of IPPE or APPE. Pharmacy students must meet the following requirements:
INCOMING STUDENTS – Vaccine-preventable diseases continue to occur on American college campuses. In order to ensure the safest possible environment for University of Kentucky students, the university has pre-matriculation immunization recommendations. These are based upon recommendations and guidelines issued by the American College Health Association (ACHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), last updated March 2011.
The University of Kentucky strongly recommends that all incoming students be immunized before enrollment (either through vaccination or naturally acquired immunity) against the following illnesses:
- Tetanus – Tdap if tetanus is more than two years ago
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal Meningitis – required for students living in on-campus housing
- HPV (females and males up to age 26)
- Pneumococcal (for students with history of asthma, smoking, diabetes, liver disease, or immune suppression)
- Annual Influenza
If you have questions regarding the immunization recommendations, you may call 859-323-INFO (4636).
University of Kentucky Immunization Requirements For Students with Clinical Responsibilities
University Health Service (UHS) welcomes University of Kentucky Health Science College students to our clinic.These compliance requirements have been established to help protect health care providers, as well as their patients during clinical encounters. These requirements reflect CDC guidelines and UK HealthCare policies. If you have a medical contraindication to one or more of the vaccine requirements, please provide UHS with documentation from your primary care provider. Deadlines for completion of compliance are set by the individual colleges. The following immunizations are required for all students involved in clinical activities:
- New Health Science College students are required to complete an initial 2-step TB Skin Test* or equivalent (IGRA).** If you have had a TB test within the last year, please bring a copy with you to your appointment.
- Upper classmen must complete a TB skin test or IGRA test on an annual basis. Documentation of a negative Mantoux TB skin test is accepted from other institutions and must include (1) date given, (2) date read, (3) reading in millimeters, (4) name of facility and credentials of person administering and reading test.
- If known history of positive TB test of IGRA test, documentation must include date of reading in millimeters and chest x-ray. If these records are unavailable, UHS requires a 2-step TB skin test or equivalent IGRA. Students with a positive PPD will particiapte in annual TB acreening by answering a TB questionnaire.
- Annual TB screening while the student remains enrolled.
- A series of three injections at recommended intervals or documentation of a protective Hepatitis B surface antibody titer (>10 mIU/mL).
- Proof of immunity to rubella, rubeola and mumps if born in 1957 or later. One of the following may be used as documentation:
- Documentation of two MMR vaccines with the first at 12 months or older.
- Documentation by a physician of having had rubeola, rubella and mumps disease.
- Documentation of positive rubeola, rubella and mumps titers.
- Proof of immunity to varicella by one of the following:
- Positive (oral) history of chicken pox disease
- Positive antibody titer
- Immunization with varicella vaccine. (Full immunization with the varicella vaccine requires a series of two injections.)
Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Acellular Pertussis)
- Documentation of one dose of Tdap vaccine as an adult.
- Note: Td (tetanus/diphtheria) vaccine is NOT the same as a Tdap.
Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling 859-323-2778 or online at My UK.
Bring paper copies of all your immunization records to the University Health Service for verification at your scheduled appointment. A nurse will complete your compliance form and give you a copy to bring to your Student Affairs Office. UHS Clinic is located on the second floor of the University Health service Building at 830 S. Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40536.
*2-step TB test: Two TB skin test within one year
**IGRA: Blood test for TB
Immunization Compliance Forms
Class of 2016 University Health Service (UHS) Immunization Compliance Forms are due into the Academic & Student Affairs Office by the first day of spring semester classes (January 2, 2013). Class of 2015 & Class of 2014 students must obtain an annual TB skin test and turn in an updated UHS Immunization Compliance Form by April 1, 2013.
- All students must obtain an ImmunizationCompliance Form from the University Health Service before participating in their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE).
- The Immunization Compliance Form documents completion of TB screening, MMR's, Varicella; Tdap and completion of the Hepatitis B series.
- PY1 students are advised not to complete a TB skin test prior to August 16, 2012, due to expiration during IPPE 2013.
- You will need to bring complete written physician documentation of their immunizations to the University Health Service. You may fax your records to UHS prior to your clinic visit to expedite the process but you will need to bring paper copies to your appointment as well. Send your fax to Attn: Joni Pruitt, UHS, 859-257-9809. Please include your name and year in program (i.e., College of Pharmacy, 1st year.)
- Appointments are necessary for Compliance Form completion (except during walk-in weeks) and may be made by calling 323-2778.
- Upon completion of all of the requirements, you will be given a UHS Immunization Compliance Form. Please turn in a copy to the Academic & Student Affairs Office, BPC Suite 114.