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Occupational Health Clinic
1211 21st Ave. South
Suite 640 Medical Arts Building
Nashville, TN 37212
615-936-0966 fax  


New Employee Screening

Welcome to Vanderbilt! Occupational Health is here to help you stay healthy and safe at work.

New employee screening is performed by the Occupational Health Clinic to ensure that all faculty/staff who are working in the Medical Center have the appropriate immunizations and screenings. This evaluation is based on requirements stated in VUMC’s Immunization and TB Skin Testing policies.

Who needs it? All Medical Center faculty, staff, and housestaff.

Where can I get it? New employee screening is offered at various orientation events throughout the year, including:

  • It’s Who We Are (new staff orientation)
  • Housestaff Orientation
  • New Faculty Orientation
  • Nurse Residency Orientation

*This evaluation should occur within two weeks of hire. If you are not scheduled to attend one of these orientation events within 2 weeks of your hire date, please call the Occupational Health Clinic at (615) 936-0955 for an appointment.

What are the requirements? Each contagious disease below has specific requirements. Unless otherwise noted, we require official documentation of all vaccines, labs and Xrays. New employees who have not had the required services will receive these services at no charge during their new employee screening.

TB Testing – New employees need two tuberculin skin tests during the 12 months prior to hire date, and one of them needs to be within 3 months of hire. If you’ve had a positive TB skin test before, we’ll need a chest x-ray within 6 months of your hire date. Complete the TB Screening Questionnaire if you have ever had a positive (abnormal) TB skin test.

Varicella – We accept proof of immunity to varicella (chickenpox) via a positive IgG blood test or documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine. Had chickenpox as a child? We believe you, and we believe your mom, but we still need the blood test!

Rubella – Everyone needs proof of immunity to rubella (German measles.) That could be one immunization for rubella (like an MMR) or a positive rubella IgG blood test. Only vaccines given after your first birthday count!

Measles – If you were born before 1957, we have good news! There’s no way you survived childhood without getting exposed to measles, so we assume you are immune. All spring chickens born in 1957 or later need two immunizations for measles, like the MMR (and they need to be at least one month apart, given after your first birthday.) Alternatively we’ll accept one measles vaccine after age 18, OR a positive measles IgG blood test.

Mumps – Another bonus for those born before 1957 – you’re assumed to be immune to mumps too! If you were born in 1957 or later, you’ll need one mumps immunization (such as, big surprise, an MMR).

Hepatitis B – The hepatitis B vaccine is offered to employees whose jobs place them at risk of exposure to blood, body fluid, or human tissue. Vaccination is strongly encouraged. Those who decline this vaccination must sign a declination statement to that effect.

If you have an electronic copy of your records, you can upload them securely (by noon the Friday before your orientation) and save time in line!

Additional information:

VUMC Immunization Policy
VUMC TB Skin Testing Policy
The N-95 Respirator Fit-Testing Program

Keywords: New employee, requirements, immunization, inoculation, shot, vaccination, tuberculosis, TB, PPD, varicella, MMR, hepatitis B

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Getting Off To A Healthy Start at Vanderbilt, Occupational Health Clinic, Resource Articles and tagged , , ,


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