What to Know About Recent Hepatitis A Outbreaks
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Immunizations and Religion
Most religions have no prohibition against vaccinations, however some have considerations, concerns or restrictions regarding vaccination in general, particular reasons for vaccination, or specific vaccine ingredients. Below is a list of the current position of some of the more common religious faiths. Buddhism - Buddhism has no central authority that determines doctrine. Vaccination is widely accepted in predominantly Buddhist countries.
Tetanus / Diphtheria / Pertussis
(See VUMC Vaccination Policy requirements further down this page.)
Smallpox is an acute, contagious illness characterized by fever, backache, and prostration followed by the appearance of an eruption of papules and vesicles which became pustular by the eighth day. Although smallpox disease has been eradicated worldwide, researchers sometimes still use the vaccinia virus, which is the virus used in the smallpox vaccine. These research faculty and staff may obtain smallpox vaccine from OHC at no charge.
Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is a two-dose immunization series which provides immunity to chickenpox. For adults, this vaccine is recommended only for those who lack natural immunity. Occupational Health provides the vaccine at no charge for VUMC faculty/staff whose immunity test shows they do not have immunity to varicella, or for those who have begun the vaccine series and need to complete it.
Off-site VMG Clinic Immunization Policy
Main Campus and One Hundred Oaks
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis B Vaccine is provided at no charge to Vanderbilt faculty/staff who are exposed to human blood or other potentially infectious materials in their job. This is offered at multiple locations. Occupational Health Clinic (walk-in)
This vaccine protects against certain strains of bacterial meningitis. Occupational Health provides this vaccine at no charge to faculty and staff who have an occupational reason to take meningitis vaccine, such as:
International Travel Exam
Occupational Health offers travel exams for all Vanderbilt faculty and staff who will be traveling internationally on Vanderbilt business.
TB Skin Test
TB Skin Tests are provided to VUMC employees free of charge. We offer many locations for your convenience.