Immunization FAQs

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Does the Immunization Record (Form C) need to be signed by a doctor?

-YES, the Immunization Record Form must be signed by a healthcare provider IF the immunization  records have been transcribed onto the form.
-NO, the Immunization Record Form does not need to be signed by a healthcare provider IF the  form is turned into us with a copy of the records attached for verification.

Where can I find a copy of my immunization record?

Records may be located by checking with your high school, the healthcare provider who administered your vaccinations, military service branch, or the health department in the county where you received your immunizations. Please keep in mind that the records you locate may not be complete, you may still require additional immunizations.

What should I do if I cannot locate my immunization records?

Measles, Mumps, Rubella
If you are sure that you have been vaccinated against the measles, mumps, and rubella you can have titers drawn. A sample of your blood will be tested to determine the status of your immunity.
Tetanus, Diphtheria
If you do not have documentation proving that you have been vaccinated against tetanus and diphtheria you will have to be re-immunized.
Hepatitis B
If you do not have documentation to support that you have been immunized against Hepatitis B you can have titers drawn or be re-immunized.
Tuberculosis
All students must submit have proof of a 2-step TB skin Test within the last 12 months.

What is a titer?

A titer is a laboratory test that measures the presence and amount of antibodies in blood. A titer may be used to prove immunity to disease. A blood sample is taken and tested.

If the test is positive (above a particular known value) the individual has immunity. If the test is negative (no immunity) or equivocal (not enough immunity) you need to be vaccinated.

A Titer Lab Report is generated by the lab that tested the blood sample. The Titer Lab Report must include the test type, exact values, signature, and date.

Will my health insurance pay for my immunizations or titer lab reports?

Students should contact their health insurance provider to check their insurance coverage for immunizations and titers.

I had measles, mumps, or rubella as a child. Is this sufficient?

A history of disease is NOT accepted as proof of immunization. It is recommended to have titers drawn to verify sufficient immunity. If immunity is not positive, you will be required to receive MMR vaccinations.

I had Varicella (Chicken Pox) as a child. Is this sufficient?

A history of disease is NOT accepted as proof of immunization. It is recommended to have titers drawn to verify sufficient immunity. If immunity is not positive, you will be required to receive Varicella vaccinations.

What is a 2-Step TB Skin Test?

The two-step tuberculin skin test  is used to detect individuals with past tuberculosis (TB) infection who now have diminished skin test re-activity. This procedure will reduce the likelihood that a boosted reaction is later interpreted as a new infection.

What is the process for getting the 2-Step TB Skin Test?

You will visit the doctor’s office or clinic 4 times.

Visit 1

The PPD antigen is applied under the skin.

Visit 2

The PPD test is read.

  • If the first test is positive, it indicates that you could have been or are infected with TB. A chest X-ray and evaluation is necessary. If the chest X-ray indicates no active disease, then you have finished your requirements and will not need to have the 2nd TB Skin Test.

Visit 3

A second PPD skin test is applied to those individual in whom the PPD skin test is negative.

Visit 4

The second test is read.

  • A positive test 2nd test indicates TB infection in the distant The individual is referred for a chest X-ray and evaluation by a physician. If the chest X-ray indicates no active disease, then you have finished your requirements and will not need to have the 2nd TB Skin Test.