The University of Washington health sciences schools (of which the School of Social Work is one) signs “Affiliation Agreements” with area agencies so that our students may be placed in practicums at those agencies. Compliance with certain immunizations and screenings are part of those agreements. The UW is required to track and provide verification that our students meet these requirements before we can allow our students onto practicum sites (and if they fall out of compliance, we must pull the students from the sites.) The Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) is the office that tracks this compliance.
Students in all UW health sciences programs must comply with HSIP requirements, which are based on CDC recommendations for health care personnel regarding immunizations, immune status, and TB screening. The HSIP requirements and CDC recommendations may change during a student’s tenure in a UW health sciences program. If the HSIP requirements and CDC recommendations change after the student meets initial HSIP requirements, the student will be required to comply with the updated HSIP requirements until the completion of their degree program. The only exception to this policy is that students in the schools of Social Work, Public Health, and Dentistry who began their program in 2014 or earlier may continue to “opt out” of flu vaccine for personal or medical reasons.
Health Science Immunization Program:
New Student Due Dates (admitted 2017)
|Student type||Imm form due||PPD/Tb Screening due||Flu shot due|
|BASW*||July 31, 2017||July 31, 2017||Sept 15, 2017|
|Adv Standing^||July 31, 2017||July 31, 2017||Sept 15, 2017|
|MSW Day||July 31, 2017||July 31, 2017||Sept 15, 2017|
|MSW EDP||July 31, 2017||July 31, 2017||Sept 15, 2017|
|^ Advanced Standing students previously compliant and graduating Spring 2013 or later from UW Tacoma or UW Seattle should follow continuing student chart below.|
Continuing Students Due Dates (not graduating Spring or Summer 2017)
Flu and annual PPD or IGRA due by September 15, 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
I turned in measles immunization Documentation - aren't I done?
No. The UW has a measles immunization requirement, but that isn’t enough to be compliant in any of the UW Health Sciences Schools. You must submit information listed above.
What is the fee and what will it cover?
The annual fee for the School of Social Work during the 2016-2017 year was $125. The 2017-2018 fee will similiar. Please see the HSIP website for more information on the Health Fee.
May I opt out of any of these requirements?
There are no exemptions for these requirements short of medical contraindications, which must be documented annually.
Where can i find low-cost immunizations and screenings?
Health Care Resources (link to HSIP office)
More info about finding low-cost health coverage is at Washington Health Plan Finder.
How can I check to see if I've done everything I'm supposed to do?
Email your name, student #, program, and year in program to email@example.com and ask. Just remember, you'll still have to get a PPD or IGRA in the early summer and a flu shot in early September each year to maintain compliance!
For more FAQs, please visit the HSIP office website: https://depts.washington.edu/chsweb/hsi/?q=faq