Immunizations and Vaccinations

Prior to student placement in the technical portion of the program and clinical education courses, a physician must verify the health status of the student. Additionally, students must receive annual TB testing, Hepatitis B vaccinations and must have immunity of measles, mumps and rubella verified.

Hepatitis B (HBV)Hepatitis B is a serious viral infection of the liver. Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood and body fluids and is far more contagious than HIV infection. In the health care setting, HBV is most often transmitted through breaks in the skin - needle sticks, human bites and non-intact skin, or spray to mucous membranes. Hepatitis B is preventable through vaccination. The Center for Disease Control and OSHA strongly recommend that health care workers be immunized against Hepatitis B. All of the program’s affiliated hospitals require Hepatitis B vaccine treatments prior to student clinical placement.

The Hepatitis B vaccination series is developed from a yeast-base and, therefore, contains no human blood products. The vaccine is very pure and safe. Side effects are very mild such as a sore arm, mild aching and headache. The Hepatitis B vaccine is very effective. Approximately 96% of healthy adults are protected against Hepatitis B after completion of the vaccine series. Hepatitis B vaccine is given into the muscle of the upper arm. The vaccine is a series of three injections given over a period of six months. Following the third injection, an Anti-HBs test is required to check for treatment effectiveness.

The Hepatitis B vaccine is produced by two companies and is fairly expensive. Students accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program must show proof of immunization prior to clinical course placement. Arrangements for the immunization can be made through a private physician or through the Health Department in your county. Treatment can be obtained prior to starting the program. More information will be provided as a part of program orientation.