Immunizations are a complex issue because there are different requirements for admission to MSIH, access to the wards, fourth year electives and global health clerkship.

Ideally, you may be able to get some vaccines and titers while in your home country, possibly covered by insurance there. In Israel, your Clalit insurance will cover most vaccines except for polio as long as you go to your family doctor (see primary care). In Soroka, the travel clinic offers polio vaccines and ppd tests, and is the only office that can verify your immunizations for the purposes of access to the wards.

Admissions
Download the form for applicants: Immunization History Form
The Israeli Ministry of Health has established regulations affecting all persons working or volunteering in a hospital department, that require immunization against the following diseases. All medical students must submit proof of these immunizations. Without this proof, students may not start clinical rotations anywhere in Israel.

  • Polio, DTP, Tetanus-Diphtheria (TD) – a booster must be within the last 10 years.
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B – must show proof of positive titer if you've already received the vaccine. (The vaccine consists of three immunizations; 1 month between the first and second, and 5 months between the second and third).
  • Tuberculosis – status will be checked with a PPD Skin Test, which is valid for 5 years. Given a positive test result, a chest X-ray will follow to determine whether follow-up treatment is necessary.

Ward access
See prices on the travel clinic page

  • The annual influenza vaccine
  • Polio, DTP, Tetanus-Diphtheria (TD) – a booster must be within the last 10 years.
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tuberculosis

Additional recommended immunizations:
Hepatitis A – two shots 6-12 months apart.
Chickenpox

Fourth year electives
Many require the annual influenza vaccine

Columbia University (CU) requires that all students participating in electives at CU should have a current MMR booster (within the previous 2 years).

Global health clerkship
Prior to the GHM overseas placement in the fourth year, specific immunizations will be given according to the destination.

Travel clinic
Students can receive immunizations at the Traveler’s Clinic, second floor, Outpatient Clinic Building, Soroka University Medical Center. An appointment may be made in person or by phone 08-6403199, Sunday – Thursday from 08.00 – 15.00.