All professionals are required to provide proof of a negative Tuberculosis Screen.
Acceptable forms of TB Screens:
- PPD skin test (valid for 1 year)
- Chest X-Ray (valid for 5 years), HCWs must complete a symptom screen annually.
- Quantiferon Blood Test OR T-SPOT blood test (valid for 2 years)
If you have a history of positive PPD (TST), please submit the following:
- Documentation of a positive PPD
- Documentation of INH treatment or verbal history.
- Chest X-Ray report completed within the past 12 months.
At any time, if any professional has symptoms of TB (persistent cough, low grade fevers, unexplained weight loss, night sweats) further evaluation must be done.
(BCG vaccination does not exempt you from the above requirements)
Quoted from the CDC:
Many people born outside of the United States have been given a vaccine called BCG.
People who were previously vaccinated with BCG may receive a TB skin test to test for TB infection. Vaccination with BCG may cause a false positive reaction to a TB skin test. A positive reaction to a TB skin test may be due to the BCG vaccine itself or due to infection with TB bacteria.
TB blood tests (IGRAs), unlike the TB skin test, are not affected by prior BCG vaccination and are not expected to give a false-positive result in people who have received BCG. TB blood tests are the preferred method of TB testing for people who have received the BCG vaccine.
If you need to obtain a Tuberculosis Screen, click here for resources.