Immunization FAQ

  • Why do I need the immunizations?
  • After consultation with our industry partners and a review of the recommendations in the Canadian Immunization Guide, 7th Edition (Updates 2012-2014), NSCC has set standard immunization requirements. These immunizations are for your protection as well as the clients that you will be serving. Failure to obtain the required immunizations and submit the Immunization form by the scheduled date may impact your ability to find a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation.

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  • My doctor is gone or my records are lost or I do not have a record of my immunizations, what do I do?
  • If your immunization status is unknown, you can have blood work done to confirm immunity for MMR, Hepatitis B and Varicella (chicken pox). If blood work confirms immunity, this can be noted on the NSCC immunization form, and no further immunization is required. 

    You may also contact the Department of Health to find out if they have a record of your immunization. If you have relocated and are in need of a new doctor, the following website from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia may offer some assistance.

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  • Which immunizations do I need as part of my admission application?
  • Not all programs in Health and Human Services require proof of immunity to Hepatitis B as an admission requirement. However, immunity to Hepatitis B may be required prior to the start of your placement.

    Documented immunity (261KB) to Hepatitis B is an admission requirement for applicants interested in the following programs.

    • Addictions /Community Outreach
    • Behavioral Intervention
    • Continuing Care Assistant
    • Dental Assisting
    • Law & Security
    • Med Lab Technology
    • Mental Health Recovery and Promotion
    • Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Practical Nursing
    • Practical Nursing Re-Entry

     

    Proof of immunity is obtained through a blood test. If you have never received Hepatitis B vaccinations, the process may take up to 10 months to complete including the blood test to ensure immunity.  The blood test can be done no earlier than 1 month following the final vaccination.  Please discuss the vaccination schedule with your health care provider. Nova Scotia residents may have received this vaccine if they graduated from high school in 2004 or later.

    Additional immunizations are also required at the start of your program. Please check the additional requirements chart (PDF 118KB).

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  • Should I just get the Hepatitis B shot or TWINRIX?
  • The vaccine requirement is for Hepatitis B. Twinrix includes both Hepatitis A & B vaccines. Please note that Hepatitis A is not required for your placement and the NSCC Student Health and Dental Benefit plan will not cover the Twinrix vaccine. If you wish, you may receive the Twinrix vaccine instead of the Hepatitis B vaccine; however, a blood test to show proof of immunity is still required.

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  • When are the immunization requirements due?
  • Required program immunizations are to be completed prior to the start of your program. Please note: some immunizations may require a delay in receiving others, for example after receiving an MMR booster one must wait 4 weeks before having a TB test completed. If you have never received Hepatitis B vaccinations, the process may take up to 10 months to complete including the blood test to ensure immunity.  A date to submit the completed form will be provided by the faculty on your campus at the start of your program. Please see Immunization form (PDF 474KB).

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  • How do I get started with obtaining the required immunizations
  • The following important information refers to the order and sequence of immunizations. In order to complete NSCC immunization requirements in a timely manner, please adhere to the requirements below.

    Tuberculin skin testing (TST) is a two-step process that requires 4 visits to the health care provider. Tuberculin skin testing should be done first before any other immunizations are given.

    Step 1 (TST): This consists of one dose of TST, which is administered by the health care provider and then read 48 hours later by the health care provider. Each of these steps requires a visit to the health care provider.

    Step 2: TST: After the first injection, the second dose should be administered 1 week later. This second dose is read 48 hours after administration. As with the first, this step requires two visits to the health care provider.

    Other Immunizations

    After completion of the Tuberculin test, you can proceed immediately to the other required immunizations and receive them at the same time.

    Other immunizations include:

    • dTap (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis). Booster dose is required every 10 years.
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) *
    • Varicella (chicken pox) *
    • Hepatitis 

    NOTE: Immunizations noted with a * are live vaccines. If you receive an immunization with a live vaccine, you must wait 30 days before administering TB testing. This may significantly impact the requirement to complete immunizations by a required deadline. Within the NSCC requirements, there are 2 live vaccines that can impact this: Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR vaccine) and Varicella vaccine.

    These live vaccines can be administered together at the same time. If they are not administered at the same time, they must be administered no sooner than 30 days apart.

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