Immunization

Student Immunization Requirements


The University of Tennessee and the State of Tennessee require certain immunizations be obtained for enrollment/registration purposes. A hold has been placed on all new student accounts until your immunization records are recorded and complete. 

All students must meet these immunization requirements EXCEPT those students who take less than 9 hours per semester or those who are enrolled in a program that is 100% online and does not include any clinical rotation or patient contact.

Students may choose to waiver for one or more immunizations for medical or religious reasons. The "UHS Request for Exemption from Immunization Requirements Form" must be completed and signed by their college representative and by a medical provider if for medical reasons. The completed form is to be submitted to UHS.

To better serve you, UHS has assigned a staff member for your college. Please contact this staff member if you have any questions regarding your immunizations.

Dentistry: Sharon Martin, srmartin@uthsc.edu
Graduate Health: Sharon Martin, srmartin@uthsc.edu, or Mindy Rogers, lrogers9@uthsc.edu
Health Professions: Sharon Martin, srmartin@uthsc.edu
Medicine: Mindy Rogers, lrogers9@uthsc.edu
Nursing: Christa Deiss, cdeiss@uthsc.edu
Pharmacy: Vada Singleton, vsinglet@uthsc.edu 

There are several methods to submit your immunization documentation:

1. Fax to UHS at 901-448-7255

2. Scan and E-mail to the UHS staff member assigned to your College (above) .

3. U.S. Postal Service:

University Health Services
Attn: Sharon Martin
910 Madison Avenue, Suite 922
Memphis, TN 38163


UHS staff will review, verify, and enter all of your information into our system within 10 working days. Once we have verified that all of your immunization requirements have been met, your hold will be lifted. No holds will be removed until you are compliant with all immunizations. Lifting a hold "temporarily" in order to register is not permissible.

Holds will not be placed for new students who ONLY need a TB skin test. TB skin tests will be administered during orientation. All other immunizations must be complete.

For returning students:

UHS has a secure web-portal called OpenCommunicator where students can review their required  immunization  documentation. In order to access OpenCommunicator, you must have a UTHSC net ID and student ID.  Students will be notified of deficiencies through OpenCommunicator.

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.

You will need to frequently check your immunization deficiencies in OpenCommunicator. The deficiencies will be written in red and show to be non-compliant.

If you have deficiencies, click on the appointments tab in OpenCommunicator to schedule an appointment at UHS. If you choose to have your shots or titers administered at another location, submit the supporting documentation as outlined above.

Important Note

All entering students must complete the steps above and submit their official immunization documentation before any holds are lifted.

It is very important that you frequently check your immunizations within OpenCommunicator throughout your entire enrollment at UTHSC. All student immunizations must be up to date for enrollment/registration for each semester at UTHSC, and proof of immunizations or immunity is required.

The UTHSC Immunization Requirements

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) within the past 10 years. DTAP is not acceptable (this is a childhood vaccine). TD is not acceptable. It must contain the Pertussis. If your TDAP is older than 10 years, students must get a Tetanus booster.

Hepatitis B Series

The Hepatitis B immunization series and positive titer are required of all students and you have one academic year to complete this 3 shot series requirement.  You must begin this series before enrollment at UTHSC.  If you have completed the Hepatitis B series, you must also provide proof of immunity by titer.

You must provide documentation showing you have had a three-vaccination Hepatitis B series (aka HBV or Hep B), AND

You must provide documentation showing you have had a post-series positive titer. If you have a negative titer, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the series be repeated once. If the repeat titer remains negative, no further shots are recommended.

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. TB skin tests will be provided to new students at orientation if you haven't had a test within 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.  A hold will be placed on all Student accounts that fail to start this process in a timely manner.

Please note - No appointment is necessary at UHS for a TB skin test. UHS does not administer TB tests on Thursdays since we are unable to read them over the weekend. TB skin tests are free for students.

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.

Influenza Vaccine

College of Pharmacy Students

If you are a College of Pharmacy student, you must provide documentation showing you have had a flu shot every year. Entering Pharmacy students are not required to provide dcocumentation of the influenza vaccine until the fall flu season.

Physician Assistant Students

If you are a Physician Assistant Student, you must provide documentation showing you have had a flu shot every year. Entering Physician Assistant Students must provide documentation of influenza vaccine at time of admission to the Spring semester as this falls during the flu season.

Other Programs

Many students in other colleges may be required to get a flu shot before beginning rotations at clinical sites. UTHSC provides flu shots for the entire campus at the annual Flu Shot Day in the fall at no cost.

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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.

NOTE: For OpenCommunicator log-in problems, contact Christa Deiss at cdeiss@uthsc.edu. For additional information regarding fees associated with the administration of vaccines or titers, call 901-448-5630.

University Health Services
910 Madison Avenue, Suite 922
Memphis, TN  38163
(901) 448-5630
Fax (901) 448-7255

Frequently Asked Questions

Appointments

If you are a UTHSC student or employee, you may now schedule appointments, exchange messages with UHS staff, complete forms or surveys, check your financial account summary, or review/print immunizations through a secure online web-based portal using your NetID and password! You can also call (901) 448-5630 to schedule an appointment. An after hours on call providers are available to you by calling (901) 541-5654.

Hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (close daily between 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Location

910 Madison, 9th floor

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

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