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    Default Are TB tests safe during your first tri?

    I'm trying to register for school and I neeeeed a tb test. My dr won't give me one bc I'm in my first trimester. My school won't let me register without it. I can go somewhere else for the tb, but is it safe? I've had them before while pregnant, just this clinic won't give it to me. What's the deal?

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    My midwife told me it was a Category C, which means the effects have never been tested. She recommended that I not have the test performed during my pregnancy, so I waited.




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    Does the school know your pregnant? I would suggest seeing if they will make an exception with a Doctor's note. Is it a nursing program or medical program? Why do they need it?

    I found this from the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/populati...cy/default.htm
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    Here is a link to several exemption forms for the state of Hawaii (if I remember correctly that is where you live).

    http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/hawaii.htm#letters

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    Can you do an alternate test? For example, I think when a person is allergic to the TB serum, they do a chest x-ray instead. Would that be an option?

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    Thanks for the responses! In Hawaii, Tb tests are required. Every school, no matter what. And exceptions are not allowed. I had my dr write a note and the school called the dept of health. The health dept said it's not valid bc "you are able to get a tb test any time."

    Ughhhhh. We don't even vaccinate (not trying to start a debate). And I NEVER do anything while pregnant. And now this. Idk what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabmomof3 View Post
    Thanks for the responses! In Hawaii, Tb tests are required. Every school, no matter what. And exceptions are not allowed. I had my dr write a note and the school called the dept of health. The health dept said it's not valid bc "you are able to get a tb test any time."

    Ughhhhh. We don't even vaccinate (not trying to start a debate). And I NEVER do anything while pregnant. And now this. Idk what to do.
    Gosh that sucks Here there aren't many instances where a TB test would be required unless its a Medical school with direct contact. I am wondering if online would be an option I can't do online and focus enough but, I do know some moms can.
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    I am doing it online! That's the thing. It's so silly! I'm just really bummed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabmomof3 View Post
    I am doing it online! That's the thing. It's so silly! I'm just really bummed.
    Wow that's ridiculous. I am so sorry you are going through that. It totally doesn't make any sense on this Earth that they would need it.
    Maybe they can check in a different way perhaps a blood draw?
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    The CDC considers the TB skin test safe during pregnancy. It is only contraindicated in people who have had a severe reaction to the test in the past (pregnant or not).
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    i can't imagine why ig would be contraindicated in pregnancy, it is not administered systemically, only locally in the skin. A chect x-ray would be contraindicated in early pregnancyhowever, so don't do that!.

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    I'm a nurse and we have to have a TB test every year. I had it while I was pregnant without any issues at all. Would definitley be safer than and x-ray. I would be comfortable getting a skin test.
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    I think it is safe; I did it!

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    I had to do it too. I work for an HMO hospital and it isn't optional. I did manage to avoid it until I hit second trimester but I barely made it in under their deadline.
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    I had one during first tri with my first baby. I worked in healthcare and it was required.

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