Recommendations

Some students on non-clinical programmes of study may be exposed to potentially infected body fluids (principally blood) or tissues. These students should obtain Hepatitis B immunisation, at least six months before the work is due to commence. In cases where such students do not wish to be immunised, even after being appraised of the risks involved, serious consideration should be given to changing the nature of the project that the student is to undertake in order to remove the risk of exposure to the virus.

The number of students in the University at risk from Hepatitis A as a result of their studies is likely to be very small. There are some groups, however, who are at risk and these include engineering students whose course work entails a secondment to sewage treatment works. It is recommended that all such students be immunised.