Immunizations

Office of Student Affairs

Immunizations are an important part of medical student requirements, to protect the health of their patient and to maintain their own wellness. Regular immunizations and documents are a requirement for all medical students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Keeping immunization records up to date are an important part of the professionalism required of all students at the school.

Prior to matriculation all students must complete the immunizations set forth by AAMC by June 1 of the year of matriculation.

Immunization Instructions for Students Admitted to UNR Med

1. All students admitted to UNR Med are required to complete immunization and screening requirements.
2. Admitted students must email a copy of the AAMC Standardize Immunization Form with scanned documentation showing proof of immunization or lab results to edennis@med.unr.edu by June 1 of the year of matriculation. Please note that UNR Med does NOT require the completion of the information at the bottom of the AAMC form or a signature from your health care provider or institutional representative.
3. Students who fail to complete the required immunization and screening requirements will be ineligible to matriculate. After matriculation, failure to maintain required immunizations will result in a hold placed on financial aid and/or a hold on continued enrollment at UNR Med.
4. If you have questions about immunization requirements or concerns about meeting the June 1 deadline, please contact:

Ebony Dennis, UNR Med Immunization Assistant
(775) 682-7325
edennis@med.unr.edu


MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Vaccination Requirement (choose one option)

Option 1: Provide documentation of two (2) doses of the MMR vaccine. Your first MMR vaccine must be at 12 months of age or older.
Option 2: Provide documentation of serologic immunity for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (positive MMR Titer).

Please note that if you choose Option 1 that you do NOT need the MMR titer to matriculate. However, it is advised you receive the MMR titer prior to enrollment because you will need both the vaccine and the titer when you apply for medical residency.

Hepatitis B Vaccination Series Requirement and Hep B Surface Antibody (HBsAb titer) Requirement

Completing the protocols for the Hepatitis B series and positive HBsAb titer can take up to seven months to complete. Therefore, it is important to complete your series and the HBsAb titer immediately.

Provide documentation of three (3) doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine and documentation of your positive HBsAb quantitative titer of 12ml or above. Your titer should be drawn 4-6 weeks after the 3rd dose. Note that the HBsAb titer must be a quantitative test with a numeric result (not qualitative).

Protocol Instructions for Negative HBsAb Titer
  • Upon submission of your AAMC Standardized Immunization Form and documentation of your negative HBsAb titer, please include a message alerting the Immunization Coordinator about your negative HBsAb titer. 
  • Get a Hep B booster vaccine as soon as possible after receiving the negative HBsAb titer results.
  • Then, 4 weeks after the Hep B booster, re-titer and notify the Immunization Coordinator of the new HBsAb titer result. 
  • If the second titer produces another negative result, the protocol is to complete a second Hepatitis B Series before getting a third titer.

Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) Vaccination Requirement

Provide documentation of one (1) dose of adult Tdap within the last 10 years.

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Requirement

Provide documentation of a negative Quantiferon (IGRA Blood Test) annually.

If your IGRA is positive or you have a history of positive TB tests, you must also:

  • Provide documentation of the positive TB test.
  • Provide documentation of a physician read, clear chest x-ray (preferably within the last six months).
  • Complete an annual TB questionnaire through the UNR Student Health Center.

Please Note: UNR Med does not accept the Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST). 

Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccination Requirement (choose one option)

Option 1: Provide documentation of two (2) Varicella vaccines.
Option 2: Provide documentation of serologic immunity for Varicella (positive Varicella titer).

Influenza Vaccine

• Provide documentation of one (1) dose of influenza (flu) vaccine annually, each fall.

*Year 4 Away Electives

Medical students may be required to obtain other immunizations or titers to satisfy requirements of other medical schools when applying for away electives for the 4th year of medical school. Please contact the School of Medicine Registrar if you need assistance in determining these requirements. Other healthcare facilities may have different requirements that you may need to adhere to.