Vaccine Requirements and Disease Risk
Oct 3 2008, 11:21 AM
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I am considering a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. My only reservation is the Hepatitis B vaccination requirement. I was told by the director of the PTA program at the college I am considering attending that the college will allow me to opt-out of getting the vaccinations by signing a waiver. My question is would clinical facilities also accept a signed waiver, or would refusing the vaccine prevent me from getting a job in this field?
Also, is there a high risk for contracting an infectious disease if you work as PTA? I was told the reason for the Hepatitis B vaccinations is due to PTA's coming in contact with blood and bodily fluids. I can see why that would be the case for a doctor or nurse, but do PTA's really have that exposure?
I would greatly appreciate any information someone could give me.
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