Are you a visiting student? - Don't forget your Health Clearance

If you are attending placement on a healthcare programme within Region Stockholm (SLL), or services that have an agreement with SLL, a Health Clearance will be required. The purpose of the Health Clearance is to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare work. The form should be completed and signed by a physician or nurse practitioner and can be downloaded from this page.

Please make sure to read the information below before completing the form.

Tuberculosis (TB)

In order to verify that you are free from communicable TB, you must undergo a TB risk assessment and symptom screening. If you originate from a high TB burden country (see separate list of countries) and have lived there the last five years or spent three months or longer there, and/or if you have come into contact with tuberculosis and/or TB symptoms, a tuberculin skin test, TST (PPD /Mantoux) or IGRA (QuantiFERON) test performed within the past 12 months is required. In the case of a positive TB test result, a follow-up chest x-ray is required in order to confirm or dismiss evidence of active tuberculosis, as both TST and IGRA blood tests may show false positive results.

It is advisable for you to do the TB test at least 10 weeks prior to your departure for Sweden, as chest x-ray findings that are suggestive of pulmonary tuberculosis may lead to further testing. If results are positive, you will need to be treated for a period of at least six months before being cleared for participation in a healthcare programme within the Region Stockholm.

Please note that no restrictions apply to students with latent tuberculosis (LTBI).

Immunization coverage

It is highly recommended, however not mandatory, for you to be vaccinated (if not immune) against:

  • Hepatitis B - Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Measles
  • Diphtheria

MRSA screening

A MRSA screening test is recommended.

A new test will be done upon your arrival at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Please note that wounds, eczema and damaged skin are risk factors for the spread of infections and ought to be treated before your departure to Sweden.

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