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Houston, Texas

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Immunization Requirements for International Visitors and Observers

The Baylor College of Medicine Occupational Health Program requires all International Visitors/Observers to be in compliance with certain immunization requirements. You should have received this information from the International Services Office along with your application packet.

To make the Visitors/Observers check-in process as easy as possible upon arrival at the College, please ensure that all of the immunization information is complete. Be sure that your documentation includes dates of vaccines or dates and results of other tests. Do not submit records that only state that you have a particular vaccine without the relevant date/result. Please have a copy available for OHP to keep when you check-in. Do not provide us with your original records.

A $25 processing fee is required by OHP of all Visitors/Observers at the time of check-in to Baylor. This is in addition to other fees that may be assessed at time of check in.

If you still need immunizations or titers at the time of your arrival, OHP can provide them. However, the cost is in addition to other fees you pay to Baylor and this does not guarantee that you will start on time.

Declination
Active duty with US military; or
Medical contraindication; or
Pregnancy; or
Member of acknowledged religious group that does not allow immunization (with written letter from leader of group)

Hepatitis B (series of three)
First dose
Second dose 1 month after the first dose
Third dose 5 months after second dose; or
Serologic confirmation of immunity

Measles (Rubeola)
Applies only to those born after Dec. 31, 1956.
Acceptable proof of prior immunization with 2 doses of vaccine on or after first birthday at least 30 days apart and one dose given since 1980; or
Serologic confirmation of immunity

Mumps
Applies only to those born after Dec. 31, 1956
Acceptable proof of prior immunization with 1 dose of vaccine on or after first birthday; or
Serologic confirmation of immunity

Rubella
Acceptable proof of prior immunization with 1 dose of vaccine on or after first birthday; or
Serologic confirmation of immunity

Tetanus/Diphtheria
Basic Series plus 1 dose within last 10 years.

Tuberculosis
Proof of a positive TB test (PPD) or
TB test within the last year
Only Mantoux results (in mm) are accepted
If positive, chest x-ray is required.
Chest x-ray, in lieu of a PPD, is not acceptable
BCG vaccination does not contraindicate receiving a PPD

Varicella
Serologic proof of antibody; or
Immunization (2) at appropriate interval

(Requirements based on Texas Department of State Health Services regulations, OSHA policy and Centers for Disease Control recommendations)

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