At a time when the focus of healthcare is shifting toward PREVENTION, the goal of the Student Employee Health Services - Infection Control (SEHS/IC) is to reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases by providing quality health care that includes immunizing against preventable diseases, defining precautions that can prevent exposure to infectious agents, providing appropriate screenings, training and restricting the exposure of the Morehouse School of Medicine students, residents, faculty and staff to infectious agents.
Adults, specifically those who work in the healthcare arena (medical students, residents, faculty and staff) need protection against certain infectious diseases which are vaccine preventable. The immunized employee promotes a safer environment for co-workers as well as patients. Below is a list of adult immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP), American College of Health Association, the CDC and the Student Employee Health Service/Infection Control at MSM.
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap): Most young adults have completed a primary series against these diseases. However, a booster of tetanus containing vaccine is needed every 10 years.
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) thirty days apart - two injections if born in or after 1957. Documentation of immunity via serology is acceptable.
Polio booster AND documentation of childhood series. Most young adults have completed a series against this disease. However, if you’re planning on trips to high-risk areas (the African continent or Southeast Asia), you should check to see if a booster is needed.
Hepatitis-B Virus (HBV) immunization series: a three-shot series at zero, one, and six months OR documentation of immunity via serology.
Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine: a two-shot series, four to eight weeks apart OR documentation of immunity via serology.
Influenza Virus Vaccine (Flu): All students and employees involved with direct patient care must receive a Influenza (flu) vaccine annually. The optimum time to get a flu shot is October - November, however, you may receive a flu shot through the end of flu season, which usually runs from December through April.
Tuberculin Skin-testing- PPD:
For pre-clinical students, initial two-step testing and a required annual screening.
Testing is required annually for ALL students and employees in clinical settings.
Traveler’s Vaccines: anyone who wants to travel abroad should be up to date on their immunizations. Depending on where you travel, other vaccines may be required or recommended. Discuss your itinerary with your health care provider or a travel specialty clinic. We recommend that you contact the SEHS-IC six (6) weeks prior to travel departure. Some vaccinations require a series of shots over a period of weeks or months prior to travel.
For more and detailed information regarding Infection Control, including BBP exposure, please refer to the Infection Control Handbook.