TB Screening

It is recommended that all students are vaccinated for TB. There may be times when a student needs to be tested for Tuberculosis.  From the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/faqs/tb-qa.htm#should-get-tested), you should get tested for Tuberculosis (TB) if:

  • You have spent time with a person known or thought to have infectious TB disease.
  • You were born in or frequently travel to countries where TB disease is common, including Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, China, Haiti, and Guatemala, and other countries where TB is common.
  • You currently live, used to live, or are employed in a large group setting where TB is more common, such as a homeless shelter, prison, jail, or nursing home.
  • You are a health care worker who cares for patients with TB disease.
  • You are part of a population that is more likely to have latent TB infection (LTBI) or TB disease, including people who don’t have good access to health care, have lower income, or misuse drugs or alcohol.

This  testing can be done through a blood test. A skin test is also acceptable  . According to the World Health Organization (WHO), TB is the world’s top infectious killer. It is a contagious airborne disease. About 87% of new TB cases occurred in 30 high TB burden countries, with more than two thirds of the global total in China, India, Nigeria, and three smaller countries. World Health Organization Tuberculosis Fact Sheet