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KUMC Student Flu Vaccination Policy

Policy
Purpose: 

To prevent acquisition and transmission of the influenza virus.

Applies to: 

KUMC Campus and all reporting units

Campus: 
Medical Center, Kansas City
Wichita
Salina
Policy Statement: 

All currently enrolled KUMC Students must receive seasonal influenza vaccine. Students may receive the flu vaccine at Student Health Services (SHS) or provide documentation of the vaccine to SHS. If a student is submitting documentation, the documentation must include the name of the vaccine, lot number, expiration date, date received and provider name with credentials. This includes vaccines that are obtained via University of Kansas Hospital Occupational Health Clinic or other hospital clinics.

Reasonable attempts will be made to provide free vaccine to students during the fall semester. Students who are not able to obtain the vaccination at SHS due to distance considerations, scheduling conflicts, or for any other reason are responsible for obtaining the vaccine elsewhere at their own expense and providing the proper documentation.   

A vaccination deadline date will be assigned each year by which the seasonal influenza vaccine must be received. 

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

For clinical students, influenza vaccine declinations are considered for medical or religious reasons only. To be considered for a religious exemption, documentation from an appropriate religious leader must be submitted to KUMC Student Health Services by the vaccination deadline. All persons who believe that they have a medical exemption must provide appropriate documentation of their medical condition and meet with the SHS Medical Director to determine if they qualify for an exemption in the KUMC system.   All other requests for declinations are handled on an individual basis. Declining the influenza vaccination may impact the student’s ability to complete academic requirements and may especially impact their choice for clinical rotations, since many institutions do not allow students to rotate to their facility if the student has not received the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Consequences: 

Any student who has not received vaccination by the assigned vaccination deadline will receive a Student Health hold which will prevent enrollment. Students who do not have the hold removed by the first day of class may incur additional re-activation fees. 

Contact: 

Stephanie Jernigan, Director of the Office of Student Health

 

Approved by: 
Vice Chancellor of Student Services, Dr. Vince Loffredo & Chari Young
Approved on: 
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Effective on: 
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Keywords: 
Flu Shot, Vaccination Policy
Review, Approval & Change History: 

05/06/2016: Removed Date Last Reviewed

08/14/2015: Added KUMC to the title

07/23/2015: Added online to the policy library

07/03/2014: Reviewed

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

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