Student Handbook 2020-2021

Hepatitis B Policy and Vaccine Procedure for Students

Hepatitis B (HBV) is a contagious viral disease that poses a serious health risk to students who are at risk for occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious human body fluids. Nursing and occupational therapy (OT) students are encouraged to provide documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination, or a declination statement or positive antibody testing to clinical placement sites.

Students working in high-risk situations hired by Keuka College must provide documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination, a declination statement or positive antibody testing if not receiving the Hepatitis B vaccines.

This seriousness of occupational exposure has prompted Keuka College Health Services Department (in accordance with OSHA) to develop the following policy and procedure for Hepatitis B vaccinations for nursing, OT, and certain high risk students employed by Keuka College (e.g. resident assistants).

Vaccination

The series of three Hepatitis B vaccines is available to all students at Yates County Public Health. Nursing, OT, and high-risk students employed by Keuka College are required to show proof of vaccination.

Educational training will be appropriately developed and presented by the faculty of the OT or nursing department for OT and nursing students. Supervisors or department heads will present the educational training for high-risk students employed by Keuka College.

The vaccination is given as a series of three injections: an initial dose, a second dose at one month after the first and the third dose six months after the first.

It will be the responsibility of the student to follow up with the time frames for the immunizations once the series begins. The health services office will not be responsible for missed immunization dates.

Post Exposure

Any nursing or OT student who has had exposure to blood or body fluid during his or her clinical practicum must report the exposure immediately to the supervisor and follow the procedures of the clinical institution for post- exposure follow-up. Any high-risk student employed by Keuka College must report the exposure immediately to his/her supervisor and follow the protocols for OSHA regulations at Keuka College. Health services will not be responsible for post-exposure follow-up.

Cost

The cost of the vaccination series or antibody testing will be the responsibility of the nursing or OT student. As of this printing, Yates County Public Health provides the Hepatitis B series to students free of charge with College ID. The antibody test cost is whatever the local lab currently charges.

Students at risk who are hired by Keuka College will have the cost of their injections or antibody testing covered by Keuka College.