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Hi everyone, I'm new here, and applying for BSc Physiotherapy. I've been invited for an interview at Teesside, and the information they provided included links to the Health Questionnaire I'll need to fill out if they offer me a place.

I'm somewhat concerned, as on this, and other unis' equivalent forms that I've since googled, it states that applicants should provide proof of BCG vaccination (for TB) or make arrangements for/be prepared to get one (usually via the uni in question's health screening appointment).

I'm a little worried about this, because as I'm HIV+ (on medication, undetectable), as far as I'm aware, I shouldn't get live vaccinations. More than being worried about my health, I'm worried that this would prevent me from getting a place on a course.

Does anyone have any advice on whether being unable to get the vaccination would prevent me from studying physiotherapy? Or, if this is a case in which the vaccination is recommended anyway?
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Most people get these as a child, so ask your GP?

Also, speak with occupational health at the university once you get accepted. They will sort everything out for you and answer your questions (re: studying/vaccinations). You do not need to liaise directly with anyone else and disclose any health information.
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Hi,

I am immunosuppressed and have just completed my physiotherapy degree. There is currently a global shortage of BCG vaccinations so unless you are at high risk/working in a high risk area, you will not be able to be vaccinated. I have just had my occupational health appointment for my first physio job and they are also unable to provide a BCG vaccination for me. I honestly not worry too much, and avoid patients with drug resistant and pulmonary TB. I, personally, have treated people with occular TB and spinal TB with permission from the infectious diseases team at the hospital I was on placement at. Definitely disclose your health to occupational health and talk to your consultant about whether there is anything you shouldn't do specifically before you go out on your first placement.

Good luck with getting into uni! Try not to worry about the BCG too much
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(Original post by Orrycatt)
Hi everyone, I'm new here, and applying for BSc Physiotherapy. I've been invited for an interview at Teesside, and the information they provided included links to the Health Questionnaire I'll need to fill out if they offer me a place.

I'm somewhat concerned, as on this, and other unis' equivalent forms that I've since googled, it states that applicants should provide proof of BCG vaccination (for TB) or make arrangements for/be prepared to get one (usually via the uni in question's health screening appointment).

I'm a little worried about this, because as I'm HIV+ (on medication, undetectable), as far as I'm aware, I shouldn't get live vaccinations. More than being worried about my health, I'm worried that this would prevent me from getting a place on a course.

Does anyone have any advice on whether being unable to get the vaccination would prevent me from studying physiotherapy? Or, if this is a case in which the vaccination is recommended anyway?

Hi, I know this is a really old post. But I was just wondering what happened with your TB vaccine? I have Myasthenia Gravis so I am also immunosupressed and I am applying to study speech and language therapy in September. Were you able to start the course without having the vaccine? Thanks!
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