Occupational Health Clearance? Watch
So... if you haven't had the BCG, you'll be made to have a Heaf test (is that how it's spelt?) and... Hep B vaccination, and any others that you haven't had already.
B****r.. apparently that nails. Managed to get out of that at 13.. concientious objector.
now you have to pay for it though dont you?
some people pus and everything but mine was completely fine, and i only have a barely visible scar now
It hurts, not even 90% effective and it only lasts until you're 24. Chances of contracting TB are minimal if everyone else has the vaccine.
My offer to Bristol is subject to "obtaining Occupational Health Clearance". Can anyone tell me what this involves? Is it just a normal medical or are they really anal and take blood/urine samples to test, etc.
Its a bit more thorough than just immunisations and vaccinations, thats a bit later on down the line. At Bristol i got sent a questionaire/assessment asking about whether i had any disabilities, allergies, long term illnesses, on long term medication, level of fitness, etc. Then if anything dodgy gets flagged you'll be called up and questioned a bit more by the nurse. Its just to see whether you are physically capable of doing the course. Then, once you've got actually in, Bristol will send you another form with a table on with all the vaccinations you need and boxes for the dates of when you had it, that you take to your doc/nurse to get needled up.
You are able to work around most of the problems. From a show of hands at the start of term at least 10% of people in my year had an animal allergy. You have a health and safety talk, you get told to take special precuations, end of. It just means you might have to wear gloves, masks, etc and have a mate watch over you to make sure you don't make things really difficult by dying. Or that you limit your contact with certain animals.
can people can tb off cows or badgers?
As with most things if you exhibit good personal hygiene and biosecurity you should be fine.
I'm a 1st year at Bristol so i can actually answer a question on here for once. Basically Bristol send you a form that you have to fill in with all your vaccinations and their dates, your height and weight (they work out your BMI) and any other info that might be relevant e.g animal allergy, diabetes or dyslexia. You will need to get your form signed and stamped by your GP which they can (and usually do) charge for and you have to pay not the uni.
As far as jabs go you need to MMR, tetanus, Polio, Meningitus C, BCG etc. I was reading peoples posts about BCG, if you don't have it, it doesn't matter BUT you will have to have the Manoux test even if you passed the Heaf test (this is happening this week to the 8 or 9 people without BCG). To be honest the BCG propably is the worst injection you will have (and i hate injections) but as long as you leave it alone and don't knock it (or get punched in the arm) it will be fine - my scar is only a couple of mm across. I haven't had any hepatitus jabs or the like and only medical student need these, but if there are jabs you need they will tell you and you can get them at your GP or when you get to uni.
As far as allergies go, they can't discriminate against you for it and there are lots of people with them on the course. They are always reminding us that they are totally normal and that 1/3 of people who work with animals have or develop an allergy and they will even get you a special mask if you need one.
With learning disabilities and some other disabilities you are given extra time in exams and may be allowed to use a computer instead of writing if this helps.
I hope this post has helped to clear this all up and if you have anymore questions about Bristol, please ask.