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Infection Control Manual and Required Immunizations

The careful management of infection and cross contamination is extremely important in the dental field.  The Department of Dental Hygiene follows the Blood borne Pathogen Standard issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2003 and all subsequent revisions.  An INFECTION CONTROL MANUAL has been specifically designed for use by students and faculty in the    Department of Dental Hygiene. The manual is available for download by each student in the fall semester of their first year in the program.  Dental Hygiene students are required to have several vaccinations to prevent them from common diseases.  These vaccinations must be completed prior to the initiation of patient treatment at the beginning of the spring semester of their first year.  The following vaccinations are required:  Hepatitis B or a positive titer; two Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccines or a positive titer;  a tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years; Varicella virus (VZ) vaccination or positive titer;  a PPD within 1 year; and proof of polio vaccination including dates.  Documentation from the studentís personal physician must be made available to the College prior to patient care.  The Vermont Technical College is not responsible for medical costs resulting from injury during clinical rotation, or during any other curricular activity, unless this injury is due to negligence by the College.  All Vermont Tech students must carry their own health insurance.