Tuberculosis screening and measles, mumps, rubella vaccination

If a student answers "yes" to any of the questions on page one of our international student tuberculosis (TB) screening questionnaire and/or the forms from the student’s clinician were incomplete, then the SMU SHC Medical Director will require the following:

  • The clinician will review and verify the information in part one of the current TB Screening Questionnaire. Persons answering YES to any of the questions in part one are candidates for either Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST), a $20 cost to the student, or Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA), a $125 fee payable to Quest diagnostics, unless a previous positive test has been documented.
  • If there is a history of a positive TB skin test or BCG vaccination then the IGRA will automatically be obtained. If IGRA is positive then a chest x-ray will be obtained to evaluate for active TB infection versus latent.
  • Those students with no signs of active TB on chest x-ray will receive a recommendation to be treated for latent TB with appropriate medication.

All international students must also provide proof of two MMR vaccinations. If no vaccines have been given, then these will be administered at a cost of $60 per vaccine spaced approximately two months apart, OR the student may have a blood test for titers of rubeola (measles) but test results must be included, OR have a physician sign that the student has had measles. If only one vaccine is documented, we will administer the second vaccine for the $60 fee.