Student Vaccination Requirements: U.S. Health Professional Schools

Annals of Internal Medicine
March 15, 2011; 154 (6)

Original Research
Student Vaccination Requirements of U.S. Health Professional Schools: A Survey
Megan C. Lindley, Suchita A. Lorick, Jovonni R. Spinner, Andrea R. Krull, Gina T. Mootrey, Faruque Ahmed, Rosa Myers, Geraldine P. Bednash, Tyler C. Cymet, Rika Maeshiro, C. Fay Raines, Stephen C. Shannon, Henry M. Sondheimer, and Raymond A. Strikas
Ann Intern Med March 15, 2011 154:391-400; doi:10.1059/0003-4819-154-6-201103150-00004

The number of vaccines recommended for health care workers has increased over the past 2 decades, but national data on prematriculation vaccine policies of health professional schools were unavailable. This 2008–2009 survey of deans of 563 U.S. schools of medicine and nursing found that most schools’ policies adhere to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations for health care workers. However, exemption policies, measurement of titers to confirm vaccination, and payment mechanisms varied. In particular, nursing and osteopathic schools were less likely than allopathic medical schools to pay for influenza vaccination.