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10.06 / Animal Care and Immunizations

Purpose:
The purpose of this statement is to set forth University policy with regard to immunizations for those who have substantial animal contact in their work or studies at the University.

Preamble:
Individuals who have substantial animal contact as a result of their occupation or education at the University may be at risk of acquiring an infection or allergy. The University believes it is in the best interests of such individuals to inform and educate them about such risks and to make free immunizations available.

Policy Statement:

1.  Individuals who have substantial animal contact as a result of their occupation or education at the University are to be informed about the risks of acquiring an infection or allergy as a result of such contact and about the recommendations of physicians as to immunizations.

2.  Individuals who have such animal contact shall be given the opportunity to be immunized at no cost to them.

3.  Individuals who choose not to have the immunization shall be required to sign a statement confirming their choice.

Implementation: 
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.

The Director of Environmental Health and Safety shall have primary responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy. 

Effective Date: 
October 21, 2002

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