We require all students to be appropriately immunised against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), and Varicella (chickenpox) diseases for clinical practice placement.
If you know or believe that you have been vaccinated in the past, you still need current evidence of immunity. Please make an appointment to see your GP or the doctor at Student Health Services on campus. The doctor will write a pathology centre referral form for you to attend and have blood taken for serological testing. The blood test will measure your immune response to the vaccination.
You will need to return to see the doctor to discuss the results. Your test results will indicate one of the following:
The doctor will discuss and plan with you if you need any further vaccination to protect your clients and yourself against risk.
If you know you have not received vaccinations, you will need to make an appointment to see either your GP or the doctor at Student Health Services on campus. They will discuss with you any concerns or risks that you may have and plan a schedule of vaccination with you. The doctor will also discuss with you when you need to return for serological testing to ascertain an adequate immune response.
Only once you have received your serology reports, demonstrating immunity, are you able to present your pre-practicum preparation portfolio as complete and receive your ECU pre-practicum preparation Card.
You will require a booster of the vaccine if you have low or no immunity, to protect your clients and yourself against risk. This will be discussed and planned with you and your doctor.
It is not unusual for women to be properly vaccinated for Rubella but have low levels of immunity. Evidence of original vaccination, serology showing low immunity and a booster vaccination (after the serology report) is sufficient evidence. You will not require a repeat blood test after your booster.
Vaccination with 2 doses of vaccine may not produce a positive blood test but is effective in confirming immunity. Hence, students with an initial negative blood test for Varicella will need to provide proof of 2 subsequent vaccinations but will not require a repeat blood test.
For more information about Measles, Mumps, Rubella or Varicella (Chickenpox), see our disease types web page.