Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Catalog 2010 ... - Mercer University

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Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Catalog 2010 ... - Mercer University

Exemptions from compliance with the immunization policy include:1. Religious exemption, written on letterhead stationery, and signed by religiousofficial and notarized.2. Medical exemption written on office stationery, and signed by a health care provider.The letter should state the reason for exemption, and whether the exemption ispermanent or temporary.Immunizations for the following diseases are recommended, but not mandatory:chickenpox (varicella), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, and tetanus. The most recenttetanus booster should have been within the past ten years. Immunization againstmeningococcal meningitis is recommended for college students.GBCN Immunization Policy12Upon admission to the College, students are required to submit a completed healthhistory and list of immunizations. Immunizations must be current. This includes aTetanus booster every ten years, Hepatitis B vaccine series of three injections, andMeasles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). The statement of immunization must includemonth and year of immunization. A statement of “up-to-date” is not sufficient.MMR: Students must have been at least 12 months old when the first Measles dosewas received. Students born prior to 1957 need proof of 1 MMR or positive lab titers forRubella and Rubeola; students born after 1957 must submit proof of two MMR doses—aninfant dose and a booster dose administered since 1980. Physician-diagnosed disease isproof of immunization against measles, but not rubella. If a student is unable to providedates of immunization to MMR, he or she may document immunity with a blood test atthe student’s expense. If this testing shows no immunity to MMR, the student mayregister following documentation of the first dose of MMR, with the second to follow in30 days.Hepatitis B: 1. The student should begin the Hepatitis B series of three injections priorto admission to Mercer, and submit documentation to Campus Health Care Services. 2.Campus Health Care Services can administer the remaining doses for a fee payable toCampus Health. 3. If the student allows more than the recommended time to elapsebetween injections, the student will be responsible for the cost of the injection at the rateat which is set forth by Mercer Health Systems. 4. Eight to twelve weeks after receiving the3rd Hepatitis immunization, a Hep B titer must be done to show proof that immunity toHep B has occurred. This can be done at Campus Health for a set fee.Chickenpox: If a student is uncertain of immunity to chickenpox, a lab test to confirmthis immunity is required. If non-immune, students are encouraged, but not required, totake the series of two chickenpox vaccines.Tuberculosis: 1. Each student should have a PPD within the last year prior to admissioninto Mercer and submit documentation to Campus Health Care Services. Once enrolled ina clinical course PPD must be current. 2. Each year after, during the month of April, thestudent should get an annual PPD. 3. A six month PPD will be needed only for thosestudents whose rotations require an every six months screening. 4. Any student failingto return for the reading of the PPD will be required to have another PPD and will beresponsible for the cost. 5. Any student with a positive PPD will be required to have aChest X-ray and provide a copy of the report to Campus Health Care Services.

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