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KUMC Immunization Requirements for International Students, Short-term (≤ 4 weeks) from Non-Exempt TB Endemic Countries


To outline specific immunization requirements for short-term international students from non-exempt TB endemic countries.

This policy will impact the health and safety concerns for students and maintain patient safety.

Applies to: 

International Students at KUMC Campus only.

Medical Center, Kansas City
Policy Statement: 

Documentation of the following is required for all Short Term International Students, defined as those who attend clinical rotations or study at KU for a time period of four weeks or less.  Students from Non-Exempt TB Endemic Countries as specified by the KDHE shall be subject to the TB requirements as listed in this policy.

  • Chest x-ray with a report in English.  The chest x-ray must be completed within one year of the start of the rotation at KUMC.  The chest x-ray must show no evidence of disease. 
  • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis):  Vaccine must be current (within the past 10 years). Td is not acceptable.
  • The following blood tests are required to check for immunity:
    • Measles (Rubeola IgG Antibody)
    • Mumps (IgG Antibody)
    • Rubella (IgG Antibody)
    • Hepatitis B (Surface Antibody, Quantitative)
    • Varicella (IgG Antibody)

A copy of the lab report must be submitted with the application, with English translation.  Lab reports must include interpretative data.  If adequate immunization has not been received by the student prior to the blood tests, the blood tests will show lack of immunity and booster shots may be required.  It is recommended that full immunization be finished before the blood tests are completed.

  • Seasonal flu shot is required if the International Student is attending KUMC during flu season (September 1 through March 30).  Flu shots received outside Student Health will require documentation.
  • Required health statement to be completed by physician or clinician at home institution stating that applicant has been examined and no limitations have been identified.  Abnormalities will be disclosed.

Students who fail to comply with immunization requirements may not be able to enroll for the upcoming term and they will not be able to participate in their clinical rotations.


Stephanie Jernigan, KUMC Student Health Services Director, Student Center 1012, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-1941.

Approved by: 
Vice Chancellor of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Approved on: 
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Effective on: 
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)

The policies are based on CDC guidelines and/or collaborating institutional requirements to address healthcare and occupational safety.

KU, Medical Center, Immunizations, Requirements, International, Short-Term, TB Exempt
Review, Approval & Change History: 

08/30/2017: Reviewed, Changed Approved by "Vice Chancellor of Student Services- Dr. Vince Loffredo" to Approved by "Vice Chancellor of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs".

05/06/2016: Removed Date Last Reviewed

07/23/2015: Published online in the Policy Library

03/25/2015: Reviewed

06/01/2013: Approved by KUMC Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Operational Categories: 
Health & Safety
Student Life Categories: 
Health & Wellness

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