Immunizations required for medical school are explained in detail below. These are to be completed and submitted to Missy Power at Memorial’s Student Wellness and Counselling Centre as soon as they are completed. Due to the nature of your program, you will require ongoing immunizations and require appropriate documentation for the same. It is in your best interest to have all immunizations related to your program administered at the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre as this ensures all your records are up to date and in one database. The Student Wellness and Counselling Centre will not verify ANY immunizations not properly documented, that was not given at the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre.
AUGUST 11th is the deadline to submit your documentation or to arrange a schedule of immunizations, if necessary. Failure to do so will be reported to the Associate Dean of the Office of Learner Well-Being and Success for the Faculty of Medicine. Failure to fulfill your immunization requirements will prevent your progress in the MD program.
If you require immunizations, need a requisition for blood work, or have any questions regarding immunizations or serology testing, they can be directed to Missy Power at email@example.com, or by calling (709) 864-8500, or visiting Student Wellness and Counselling Centre in the University Centre in room UC 5000 on the 5th floor. Outside St. John’s and surrounding areas, vaccinations can be obtained through your family doctor or community health nurse.
- You must submit proof of your primary immunization series, this would be on your childhood immunization record. A copy of this record is acceptable. If you do not have a copy, you can obtain one from your community health nurse or by calling (709) 752-4800 for records in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you are travelling from another province in Canada or from another country, these records must be brought with you.
- You must show proof of 2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella, (MMR) vaccine. Titres are not acceptable.
- In addition to your primary series of Tetanus and Diphtheria (TD) (which will be on your childhood record), you will also be required to have Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Whooping cough) (Tdap) (Adacel or Boostrix) vaccine if you have not already had an adult (after age 18) dose. You can get this through Student Wellness and Counselling Centre.
- You will require proof of a series of Polio vaccines (should be on your childhood record).
- You will require a varicella titre. If this result is not protective- you will require proof of TWO doses of the vaccine.
- If you have not already been immunized for Hepatitis B, you will receive the immunization series in your first year of study. If you have already been immunized for Hepatitis B, you must provide the dates of all 3 immunizations and serological follow up. Your doctor or the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre can order this blood work for you.
- 2 step Tuberculosis testing will be done as a class in early fall. 1 step TB testing is available annually thereafter.
- You will be required to be screened for Hepatitis B, C, and HIV. A student who is reactive for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) must report this finding to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) in accordance with the CPSNL Policy on Blood Borne Pathogens immediately. If a student feels they may have been exposed to a blood-borne pathogen at any point during medical school or have engaged in high-risk behavior you have a duty to be retested and an ethical obligation to report a positive serology to the CPSNL. Please review the CPSNL Blood Borne Pathogens policy in the Mandatory Documents section of their website.
- You must also include documentation of your Covid 19 vaccination(s). This includes the date of your Covid 19 vaccine(s), which vaccine you received, and the lot number. If you have only received one dose please indicate when you are booked for your second dose.
In Summary, to meet all expectations, learners must:
- Obtain a copy of your Childhood and all other immunization records and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ask your family doctor or Missy Power at the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre to order the following blood tests:
- Varicella IgG
- Anti Hbs
- Hepatitis C screen
If you have any questions at all relating to Immunization and Communicable Disease Requirements, please contact:
Missy Power RN BN MPH
Student Wellness and Counselling Centre UC- 5000
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland