M.D. Health Records - Immunizations

The Office of M.D. Health Records supports your health and wellness as you enter medical school. The office offers a variety of resources and useful information for students to ensure they are immunized prior to entering school.

Required Immunizations 

As first-year medical students, immunizations are required pre-matriculation steps for all students. When completing the requirements, consider reviewing the Immunization Checklist

Required Immunization Due Date   Description
(Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine) 

Upon Matriculation 

Renewed every 10 years

  The hospitals in which our students participate in clinical rotations are requiring explicit documentation of the adult pertussis vaccination in order for students to be in their facilities. This is a different formulation than the DTaP or DPT vaccinations that most of our students received in infancy/early childhood and it is also different than the Td (commonly “Tetanus shot”) that many may have received as adolescents or adults for tetanus prophylaxis for wounds. The Tdap has the standard dose of tetanus toxoid, a reduced dose of diphtheria and an acellular booster for pertussis (“whooping cough”). As such, please submit your documentation of Tdap within the last to 10 years with your medical records. DTaP, DPT, and Td are not sufficient to meet this requirement.
TB Test (Tuberculosis)

Upon Matriculation 

Yearly symptom screening

  All students are required to provide written documentation of a two-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or TB blood test (IGRA) dated within one year of matriculation. Students known to have latent TB (as evidenced by a history of a past positive TST or IGRA) must provide proof of an IGRA blood test.
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Upon Matriculation    The School of Medicine will require all students to undergo quantitative (IgG) antibody titers for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. If the quantitative antibody titers do not demonstrate immunity, students will also have to submit documentation of previous vaccination against MMR. If not previously vaccinated, the student should complete a vaccination series and upload documentation. 
Varicella  (Chickenpox) Upon Matriculation    All students must provide either (1) written documentation of vaccination with 2 doses of Varicella vaccine, or (2) laboratory evidence of immunity (through quantitative IgG titers) or (3) laboratory confirmation of disease.  A history of having "had the disease" is not adequate documentation of immunity to varicella.
Hepatitis B   Upon Matriculation    The majority of clinical sites require documentation of three doses of this vaccination and a quantitative (IgG) antibody titer (anti-HBs) indicating response to the immunizations. Therefore the School of Medicine has the same requirement. Students must have evidence of two or three doses and immunity to Hepatitis B. (Please note that additional blood work and potential re-vaccination will be required in the event that immunity is not documented after the primary series. Students should consult with their healthcare provider in this event.)
Covid-19 Vaccination  Upon Matriculation    Students are required to submit either (1) 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer/Moderna/Novavax), (2) one dose of Johnson & Johnson and a booster, OR (3) one Bivalent booster.
Influenza (Flu) Yearly (September-November)   All current students are required to receive an influenza vaccination each year that they are enrolled. This annual requirement should be completed after September 1st, but no later than November 30 of each year. Annual influenza vaccinations will be offered by the school.  
TB Screener (Tuberculosis) Yearly (January)   Students must undergo tuberculosis (TB) screening during time periods determined by the school. This short questionnaire will be completed and submitted through CastleBranch.

IMPORTANT: Quantitative (IGG) Antibody Titer reports are required for all titers. For examples of acceptable titer results, please view the Hepatitis B Sample Titer and MMR Sample Titer.

Submitting immunization information 

  • Immunization documentation will not be accepted via email. Instead, students will be required to upload their documentation to their Castle Branch file.
    • Incoming students will receive access to Castle Branch prior to the first day of class.
  • When submitting immunization documentation, please ensure that it includes your legal name, type of immunization or bloodwork administered, and date of administration. 
  • HIPAA requires health records to be transmitted electronically through secure means. WSU Computing & Information Technology provides an electronic solution through the Office 365 drive that is HIPAA compliant. Procedures for sending encrypted emails

How to Check Your Immunization Records 

  • Visit Michigan Improvement Care Registry (MICR) or your local state registry to check your immunization records for your state
    • MICR: You can create a login and check your records or request an official Michigan immunization record 
  • Current Students: Previously submitted immunization documentation is available through New innovations. All future yearly requirements will be submitted, tracked, and stored in Castle Branch.

Services for students

  • Reviews all immunization documentation required for incoming students
  • Reviews student immunization requirements to ensure compliance with clinical facilities' standards
  • Coordinates annual TB testing and influenza vaccination clinics

Victoria Worthington, MSW
MD Health Records, Program/Project Assistant II
Email contact: MDHealthRecords@wayne.edu 
Phone contact: 313-577-0357
Office location: Mazurek 322.13 

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