MMR versus TB
Originally Published: September 1, 1993 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: August 22, 2007
Columbia requires an MMR immunization. Other schools I have attended also require a TB test. Why does CU require the MMR but not the TB test?
You are right,
In contrast, tuberculosis (TB) is relatively rare in the
If you are planning to travel outside the
There is a vaccine available for TB called the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine. When used, it is primarily intended to reduce the risk of serious complications in infants and children as a result of TB infection. The CDC states that the BCG vaccine is not always effective at preventing TB in adults, and therefore it is not routinely recommended for them in the
Students who come from countries in which TB is prevalent should be screened for tuberculosis with a skin test before coming to the University. Some students may be required to do so. You may want to talk about this recommendation with your own health care provider prior to attending school.
On campus, tuberculosis skin testing may be required by certain schools or programs. Students may make an appointment for TB skin testing or for other vaccination services online through Open Communicator or by calling x4-2284. For more information about immunization requirements and recommendations, visit the Health Services at Columbia web site's Immunization Requirements Info section.