Nursing School Requirements: Update Your Immunizations

Nursing School Requirements

Nurses work on the front line of health care—and their health is often at risk as a result. Whether it’s due to the potential for bloodborne or airborne illnesses that come with working so closely with those who are sick, or if it has more to do with the long hours that put a necessary strain on the body, nurses have a higher risk for illness than many other types of professionals.

Nursing students are just as much at risk, especially once you near the end of your education and start doing clinicals, where hands-on care and patient interaction are the focus of everything you do. That’s why lhl are among the most strict when it comes to keeping student records and immunizations up to date. In fact, more and more schools (and employers) are requiring annual vaccines for the flu and other common maladies.

Nursing Students and Proof of Immunization

Most of the immunizations needed for nursing school are similar to those needed for any college-level education. Although exceptions may be provided in extreme cases, most nursing students should expect to regularly update their immunization records in order to keep themselves (and their families) safe and healthy.

Basic immunizations include:

  • Tetanus
  • Rubella
  • Rubeola
  • Mumps
  • Meningitis
  • Pertussis
  • Chickenpox
  • Tuberculosis (skin test)
  • Hepatitis B

Most nursing students will also be asked to get an annual flu vaccine. In recent years, nursing and medical staff have reduced their rates of flu immunizations by almost 50 percent, even in the face of particularly virulent strains like H1N1.

This is a statistic that worries many health care employers. That’s because in addition to safeguarding their own health, nursing students and nursing professionals are expected to be advocates for the immunization process. In recent years, there has been quite a bit of contention over the safety of immunizations, and the result has been outbreaks of long-suppressed illnesses in schools and health care facilities.

Different nursing programs and schools will have different immunization policies, so it’s important to check with the admissions office before you apply. Although most students will already have all the traditional immunizations up to date, bi-annual tuberculosis tests and annual flu shots might require that you visit your health care provider before you take your first class.


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  1. Malinda says:

    It’s required to provide such Immunizations. Nowadays there is shortage of nurses because of the not perfect environment and care of them. There should be some facilities in hospitals and colleges.

  2. Matt Atkinson says:

    My daughter has recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. For that, she is unable to receive the immunizations. Her nursing school will not let her complete her education because of this. This is in California. Does she have any other options to become a nurse?

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