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Required Immunizations

To participate in Project OnRamp and make progress toward Patient Care Technician certification, you must be able to provide proof of required immunizations.

Tetanus: All students must have proof of a tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years.

Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunization, blood test, or history of illness: All students must have one dose of varicella after their first birthday. If the vaccine was received before the 13th birthday, two doses of varicella vaccine are needed. If the vaccine was received after the 13th birthday, a serum titer conforming immunity or history of varicella (chicken pox) illness validated by student, student’s parents or physician is required. A statement from student, physician or parent must be submitted with the following wording: “This is to verify that (student name) had varicella (chicken pox illness) on or about (date) and does not need the varicella vaccine.”

Hepatitis B: All students must receive a complete series of three hepatitis B vaccines or show immunity to hepatitis B virus by serum titer prior to the start of the direct patient care. If the vaccination series is interrupted after the first dose, the second dose should be administered as soon as possible. The second and third dose should be separated by intervals of at least two months. If only the third dose is delayed, it should be administered when convenient. – Centers for Disease Control and Infection

TB test: Skin (PPD or chest x-ray) test with a negative reading. Test may not be more than 180 days old on the first day of class.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccination): All students must have proof of one dose of rubella vaccine administered on or after their 1st birthday OR serum titer conforming immunity or infection from disease. Measles: All students born after Jan. 1, 1957, must have proof of two doses of measles vaccines administered on or after their 1st birthday at least 30 days apart OR proof immunity to measles by serum titer. Mumps: All students born after Jan. 1, 1957, must have proof of one dose of mumps vaccine administered on or after their 1st birthday OR proof of immunity by serum titer. Note: A MMR immunization includes one measles, one mumps, and one rubella vaccination.

Pregnancy waiver: Requirements for measles, rubella and mumps vaccines are waived during pregnancy. Pregnancy is not a medical contradiction for administration of tetanus/diphtheria toxoids, but it is best to delay until the second trimester. If you are pregnant, you must provide proof from the doctor.