Immunizations and Hepatitis B:
In Card of Documents students must present certifications of immunizations against Diphteria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measels (Morbilli), Rubella and Mumps (Parotitis epidemica). The student must also be immunized against Hepatitis B with completion of minimum two of the three basic immunizations, meaning that the vaccination must have started at least one month before departure.
Tuberculosis status certificate:
In Card of Documents students must present proof of the tuberculosis status; a recent (less than one year old) negative Mantoux (PPD) test or a report of negative chest X-ray. If the Mantoux test is positive, bring a report of negative chest X-ray and a confirmation of non-infectious status.
MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus):
Students have to provide at least two negative MRSA tests.
The MRSA screening test has to be from samples taken from nostrils, throat or rashes (if present).
One of the hallmarks of Landspítali (The National University Hospital of Iceland) is that it is a MRSA free hospital. It takes great effort and every step is taken to ensure the hospital stays MRSA free. Therefore, we kindly ask you to read these instructions carefully.
The first test has to be presented with the cards of documents. This is to make sure that if tested positive the first time, the student could be treated and undergo additional tests (see below) as it may take 1-2 months. This is provided they do not have any other risk factors that increase MRSA distribution fx. psoriasis.
If the first test is negative, students have to present a second test upon arrival. It must be RECENT NEGATIVE test (not more than approx.7 days old).
If the test results are late and the student is already in Iceland, the student is not allowed to stay in the common dormitory. The committee will assist the student with lodging, at his own cost.
If the upon arrival test is POSITIVE, the student WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to enter the hospital and begin the exchange. Their contract will be cancelled without promises of further substitutions. If this is the case and the student has arrived in Iceland already, the committee will do its best to assist the student with lodging and other needs, without financial help.
If the first test is positive, the student must begin a MRSA treatment at once as the duration of becoming completely MRSA-negative varies between countries depending on treatment (approx. 7 days). Then the student has to undergo 4 MRSA tests with a negative result in their home country.
First 3 MRSA test out of 4 must be done this way: The first one (1/4) can be done 7 days after the last day of treatment and the other two with additional 7 days in between (2/4) and (3/4). The student can of course still get MRSA infected, say if one enters a hospital, in the remaining weeks before the start of the exchange which is the reason for the 4th test.
The last one (4/4) must be presented upon arrival, a recent negative test (not more than approx.7 days old). Please see above what happens if any of these 4 test results are positive. These tests have to be done in the student’s home country and test results (48 hrs +) must be in before you arrive in Iceland. Landspítali may require another additional test to be done in Iceland.
Please follow our instructions carefully, if the student fails to do so IMSA can rightly cancel the contract without refunds and the student will not be able to do the exchange. Make sure the MRSA tests are of good quality to guarantee the test results are valid. In case of any doubt IMSA will seek the advice of Landspítali and act accordingly.
Please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.