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Immunization and Medical Records

Immunization Requirements and Student Medical Records

All full-time, day students (12 credits or more), all full- and part-time students in Nursing and Allied Health programs (regardless of year of birth), and all foreign-born students, are required to present evidence of:

  • One dose of Tdap
  • Two doses MMR vaccine
    (given at least one month apart beginning at or after 12 months of age)
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B
                AND
  • Two doses of Varicella

Nursing and Allied Health program students and all foreign-born students must have current Tuberculosis testing.

Students must complete the immunization form included in their welcome packet (or by clicking here to print a copy of either: Immunization Requirements or Immunization Requirements for Foreign Born Students) and return it to the Immunizations Records Office (A-100) before the first day of classes.  Failure to return the form will subject the student to withdrawal from the college.

Copies of the Report of Medical History and Health Evaluation form are available in Admissions (F-114), the Immunization Records Office (A-100), or printable from here: Report of Medical History and Health Evaluation.

Records are maintained in the Immunization Records and Allied Health Medical Records Office (A-100).

 

Health Records

To comply with State legislation (Chapter 76, Section 15C, General Laws of Massachusetts) BCC has adopted the following procedures:

  • All health records will be confidentially maintained in the Immunization and Medical Records Office.

  • Health records may include, but are not limited to, immunizations, physical exams, physician correspondence.

  • Any request by a student for his/her health record requires a signed authorization from the student.

  • Release of any medical records to a college or contractual agency is only with the expressed approval of the student. Note: In regards to all Nursing and Allied Health students, immunization information (not medical history) may be shared with the Dean of Nursing, Health and Social Sciences, Department Chair and contracted agencies to allow for clinical experiences.

State Mandated Immunizations

Depending upon a student's status, there are certain immunizations that are required in order to attend college in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These include proof of immunization against:

  • T-dap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertusiss)
  • measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • hepatitis B
  • varicella (chicken pox)
  • tuberculosis (TB)

A student who obtains immunizations or antibody laboratory blood tests (titers) must include a laboratory report proof of immunity. The student is responsible for submitting documentation of his/her immunization record to the Immunization Records Office within 30 days of starting classes. Students who are not in compliance with these mandated immunizations will be unable to pre-register for classes. Note: all Nursing and Allied Health students must complete all medical requirements and a history/physical report prior to beginning classes or clinical rotations.

Foreign-born Students:

All foreign-born students must provide complete immunization. This includes:

  • current (within one year) tuberculosis testing (TB or chest x-ray within five years)
  • T-dap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertusiss)
  • measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • hepatitis B
  • varicella (chicken pox).

Antibody laboratory blood tests (titers) must include laboratory report proof of immunity. Medical forms from doctors’ offices should include vaccinations in English.

**Requirements for Nursing and Allied Health Students

The regulations for each vaccine preventable disease are described below:

Hepatitis B

a series of 3 injections of vaccine given over a 6 month period

  • Please note: If there is an interruption in the schedule, the series should not be started again. Continue with the series until all three doses have been administered. If there is a question of immunity, have a titer blood test drawn one month after the final vaccine has been administered.
  • Nursing and Allied Health students must begin the Hepatitis B series at least six months before the start of 39 clinical rotations since these programs are under obligation of a contracted agency to provide proof of the student inoculation.
 T-dap (Tetanus-diphtheria-pertusiss)

vaccine must be administered within the last 5 years

  • for tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) the vaccine must be administered within the last 10 years.
 Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
2 doses of vaccine given at least 1 month apart, at/after 12 months of age.
 Tuberculosis (TB)

Annual test for all Nursing and Allied Health program students as well as for any incoming foreign-born student.

  • TB tests require a reading done 48 to 72 hours after the test has been administered. If the test is not read 72 hours later, the student must redo the test.
  • Please note:if an MMR inoculation has been administered within the last 6 weeks, a student must wait to have TB testing done as the test could result in a false positive. A TB test can be performed first without a waiting period.

If a tuberculosis test result is positive, a negative chest x-ray is required. Negative chest x-rays are acceptable within the last 5 year period. If the chest x-ray is positive, a treatment schedule must accompany the result.

Varicella (chicken pox)

2 doses of vaccine - OR

  • medical proof of disease or a positive laboratory blood test (titer)

Note: BCC is required to maintain immunization records for Tdap/Td, MMR , hepatitis B and varicella on all full-time (12 credits or more) students, all Nursing/Allied Health students (regardless of the number of credits,) and all foreign-born students (regardless of number of credits). A reminder will be sent to the student from the Immunization and Medical Records Office if any series is not complete.

These vaccines may only be declined for medical or religious reasons. In the event a student declines due to religious reasons, the student must complete and file the necessary forms, which may be obtained at the Immunization and Medical Records Office. If a student is unable to receive an immunization due to medical reasons, documentation from the student's physician must be filed in the Immunization and Medical Records Office. It is also highly recommended that these students have blood testing done to show possible immunity.

If an outbreak of measles, mumps or rubella occurs, students who are not immunized will be notified by the Immunization and Medical Records Office via telephone and/or certified mail. It is then the responsibility of the student to determine whether or not to attend classes. It is advised that students update telephone numbers and addresses to assure proper notification.