Student Health and Vulnerable Sector Check Policy

AC-SSN-POL-002
Student Health and Vulnerable Sector Check Policy
DepartmentAcademic/Student Success Network
Approval DateJuly 20, 2020
Effective DateSeptember 8, 2020

Organizational Scope

The Policy applies to all full-time and part-time students enrolled in programs* offered in The Policy applies to all full-time and part-time students enrolled in programs* offered in The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, School for Applied Health Sciences (“Michener”).

*Students in joint programs must refer to their program handbook.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to support a mandatory admission and clinical placement requirements for all students at the Michener Institute.

Policy

Students must fulfil all Michener health requirements and Vulnerable Sector Check by the published admissions and clinical placement timelines for each program.  It is the students’ responsibility to ensure all requirements remain valid/current for the duration of the clinical placement.  These requirements meet the immunization standards and associated health practices set forth in:

  • Canadian Immunization Guide, published by Public Health Agency of Canada based on recommendations and statements of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)
  • The Public Hospitals Act 1990, Revised Statues of Ontario, Regulation 965, Section 4
  • Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols published jointly by the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Medical Association and approved by the Minister of Health
  • Any further legislated changes to the Public Hospitals Act
  • The clinical placement agreement between Michener and its clinical partner sites

Failure to adhere to published due dates/requirements will result in Academic Standing Penalty which may impact the student’s ability to progress in the program.  Note: this policy also applies to the mask fit testing required for clinical placement as agreed to in the supplementary application provided during admissions.

Immunization Requirements Chart

Skin Test Background Steps If Test is Negative If Test is Positive
i. Tuberculosis 2-step Tuberculin (TB) Skin Test is required only once in a lifetime to establish a baseline for future testing

If you have had a previous documented 2-step TB test more than 1 year ago, ONLY a 1-step TB test is needed

Step 1:

  • TB1 test administered
  • Results read on skin within 2-3 days

Step 2:

  • If negative, TB2 test administered within 7-21 days of TB1
  • Results read on skin within 2-3 days of TB2
Upload results of TB Skin Tests Upload Chest X-Ray report, dated after the date of the positive TB skin test

 

Blood Tests and Vaccinations Background Steps If Test is Negative If Test is positive
ii. Hepatitis B Hepatitis B blood test is required to confirm presence or absence of antibodies Hepatitis B immunity blood test performed Three doses of vaccine are required

  • Initial Injection
  • Second injection 1 month after initial injection
  • Third injection 6 months after initial injection
  • 6 weeks after last injection, take a blood test to confirm immunity
Upload Hepatitis B immunity blood test
iii. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles) (MMR) 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR Vaccine)

OR

MMR blood test to confirm presence or absence of antibodies

Submit dates indicating when you received MMR vaccine.

Note: if you have only taken one dose, no dose, or are unaware of vaccination dates, it is mandatory to have a blood test performed

Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine(MMR) provide dates of when 2 MMR vaccines were received on or after first birthday

OR

MMR immunity blood test is performed

2 doses of MMR vaccine administered 4 weeks apart is required

Please note there is no need to get another blood test after receiving the MMR vaccine

Upload MMR immunity blood test
vi. Varicella
(Chicken Pox)
Varicella blood test to confirm presence or absence of antibodies

OR

Two doses of Varivax vaccine is required

  1. Initial injection
  2. second injection 4 weeks after initial injection
Varicella/Chicken Pox immunity blood test performed

OR

Provide dates of 2 varicella vaccines within 4 weeks apart

If negative immunity, 2 Varicella vaccines given 4 weeks apart is required

Please note there is no need to get another blood test after receiving the varicella vaccine

Upload Varicella immunity blood test
vii. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis A single adult dose, on or after 18th birthday is required. There is no contraindication to receiving Tdap if you had recently received Td (Tetanus/Diphtheria) vaccinations Confirm adult dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria Pertussis vaccine

*If student  received Tdap as an adult, a Tetanus/Diphtheria (td) booster is required every 10 years
You may consider sharing this chart with your health care provider to assist in completing your immunizations

Influenza

Between October 1st and November 30th, Michener highly recommends all students be vaccinated with influenza vaccine(s).

Please note: This vaccine(s) may be mandatory at some clinical sites. Students must follow clinical site protocol.

Those students who have a medical contraindication to receiving the vaccine shall notify the Michener Health Nurse and the Office for Clinical Education in order to determine one’s fitness to be on placement and to address any accommodation issues.

Associated Documentation

Revision History

Date Reviewer Change(s) Made
August 30, 2011 Genlyn Lo Revised and re-formatted policy
March 27, 2013 Genalyn Lo Cathy Pearl Eileen Waweru Policy reviewed and updated to be consistent with current practice
February 18, 2014 Cathy Pearl Eileen Waweru Administrative update to policy.
June 17, 2014 Sydney Redpath Don Bartlett Kim Steeves Align policy to changes in other policies, i.e. academic and non-academic standing policy and clinical placement policy and the supplementary application process
May 31, 2016 Don Bartlett Gloria Szollosi Dr. W. Simmonds (TEGH) Attach Immunization Requirements Chart
August 9, 2019 AAC AA “The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, School for Applied Health Sciences (“Michener”)“ added to scope
July 20, 2020 Ray Nielsen Reviewed, no revisions required