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Immunizations FAQ

 
 

Immunization FAQ

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1. Where can I obtain my shot records?

You may contact your parents/guardians to see if they have any official documentation for you like a childhood shot record. You can also try any public schools that you may have attended. Previous colleges and/or universities are good sources too, especially if you are a transfer student. Previous physicians may also have the records, Military documents or the Florida Department of Health (Blue) Form.

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2. What is a MMR?

A MMR is a measles, mumps and rubella combination shot.

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3. Where is the Immunization Office located?

The Immunization Office is located in the Wellness Building, Room 102 on the FGCU Campus.

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4. Should I send my immunization records with my application or directly to Student Health Services?

IMPORTANT-DO NOT SEND with your application. Once you have been accepted and receive a university id number please mail, fax, email, or bring your immunization records directly to the immunization office.

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5. I am faxing/emailing my immunization records. Do I still need to mail the original?

No, a legible faxed or emailed, copy of your shot records and immunization form will be sufficient. However, it is a good idea to check your Gulf Line account/hold screen to confirm that the information was received and that it is acceptable.

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6. I have been a previous student at FGCU. Do you still have my immunization records on file?

Public universities in Florida are required to keep records for seven years from the time they were submitted. You should check with us to see if we still have them and if they meet the current requirements.

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7. Is this just a Florida Gulf Coast University Requirement?

No, the 12 public 4-year universities in Florida must abide by these requirements.

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8. I have attended another state university; am I still required to show proof of immunization?

Each university stores the immunization data differently and these systems are not linked together. The requirement states that each university must have a copy of every
student's immunization record on file. Note: if you signed a waiver form at another school they do not transfer.  You must sign waivers at each school you attend.

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9. I am a transient student from another Florida public university. How can I take care of my immunization requirement?

You may have your current university print copy of your Immunization Records showing that they have your information on file.

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10. I had my transcripts sent to FGCU and they were supposed to include my immunization records. Why don't you have a copy of them?

Your immunizations records need to be submitted directly to the Immunization Department as Student Health Services.    The admissions office at FGCU will not provide these records to Student Health Services even if they are recorded on your transcript.

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11. I heard that I can waive some shots. Is that true?

Students have the option of either waiving or providing shot records for hepatitis B (3 shots) and meningococcal meningitis. If you have started but not completed the series you will also need to sign the waiver.  However, every student born after 1956 needs to provide shot records for measles and rubella (MMR). See questions below for exceptions.

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12. What if I have a medical reason for not getting the vaccinations?

A medical exemption can be submitted by your physician and it must include the medical reason for the exemption, date and expiration.

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13. I may be pregnant or I am currently pregnant and nursing. What can I do if I don't have my immunization records?

You may submit a dated letter from your physician stating your situation. Another option would be to have your blood tested for immunity to measles and rubella (results must be positive). Pregnant women are routinely tested for rubella, so you could get a copy of that from your OB/GYN. Keep in mind that either way, you still need to fill out an FGCU immunization form & have a note from your doctor.

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14. What can I do if my religious convictions prohibit me from getting vaccinated?

You may submit an FGCU Religious Exemption Form. All state universities require their own form, not a form from high school.  Please call 239-590-1254 for more information.

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15. What if I just don't believe in getting shots? What do I do then?

You have the option of having a blood test done (titer) to show the presence of the measles and rubella antibodies. If the test results are positive and show immunity to measles and rubella, then this would be acceptable. However, if these tests came back negative, then you would have to show proof of immunization or receive the vaccines.

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16. I recall having had measles and/or rubella. Doesn't that prove that I am immune?

According to the immunization requirements for attending a Florida public university, having had rubella (German Measles) is NOT sufficient proof of immunity. You may have a blood test to show that you have antibodies in your system against this disease.

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17. I have had children. Didn't they test for immunity to measles and rubella when I was pregnant?

Women are routinely tested for immunity to rubella (NOT measles) when pregnant. You may get a copy of the lab results from your OB/GYN for this part of the immunization requirement. You still need to prove that you are immune to measles.

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18. I was in the military; doesn't this prove that I have had all of my immunizations?

No. While most people in the military have received many immunizations, the requirement states that we must have the actual immunization dates on file. Veterans Affairs is usually a good source for getting a copy of your shot records, however, it may take some time before they can get them to you.  If you do not have a copy of your military immunization records, you may want to take this time factor under consideration when registering for classes.

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19. If I have documents from the health department, do I still need to complete the FGCU Immunization History Form/Waiver?

You may submit the blue Health Department form but please check to see that you have received all 3 doses of Hepatitis B & the Meningitis vaccine.  If these are not complete then yes you need to fill out the FGCU history form and check the waiver box OR you may electronically waive the vaccines through your GulfLine account.

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20. I am over 40 years old; do I still need to submit Immunizations?

Yes, all students must submit the state mandated Immunization required vaccines.

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21. If I was born before 1957, do I still need to fill out this form?

If you were born BEFORE 12/31/56 you do not need to fill out the FGCU immunization document.  You do need to call the immunization office at 239-590-1254 and let them know that you are birth date exempt and they will note your DOB in the system.

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22. Why were my documents good enough to get through public school down here, but not good enough for the university?

Until recently, almost all public schools in Florida only required that you have one dose of the measles immunization. The State of Florida now requires two doses of the measles immunization. This means that you could have gone all through public school with only one (1) measles immunization which does not meet the current requirements. Private schools may not have had any immunization requirements. 2 doses are required by the State of Florida.

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23. I had my first shot before my first birthday, why would this be unacceptable?

Immunizations given prior to your first birthday (12 months old) may be ineffective because your immune system is not fully developed. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that the measles and rubella immunizations be given after you are one year old. (see form)

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24. My parents kept a "baby book" with the dates of my vaccines. Is that official enough?

In order for it to be official, it needs to have a doctor's signature, dates and/or stamp. You may scan and email, fax, mail a copy (do not mail originals) or bring in that record for us to view.

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25. I am not a student at FGCU yet. Can I use your clinic to get the shots or have a titer?

A "stamp" can be the office address.  The FGCU form must be stamped and signed IF completed by a physician or it will not be accepted.  If the office does not have a stamp you may have him/her write your immunization dates on his/her letterhead or the office may print out your vaccination dates.

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26. What if my doctor doesn't have an office stamp?

Yes. Prospective students that have been accepted and have a University ID Number may receive MMRs, Hepatitis B and Meningitis vaccines, as well as titer tests for measles, rubella and hepatitis B. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (239) 590-1254.

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27. I have attended FGCU and now I need my immunization records for myself or another school. How can I get a copy of them?

You may complete the "Immunization Records Request Form"on the "Points of Interest" tab and follow the directions OR you may come in person to our office (Wellness Building) with your Eagle ID and fill out the request form.  Please allow 24 business hours for us to complete this process.  (Please see the "Points of Interest" tab.)

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28. How is meningococcal disease spread?

Meningococcal disease is transmitted through the air droplets of respiratory secretions and direct contact with an infected person.

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29. Who is at risk?

Recent evidence found students residing on campus in dormitories appear to be at higher risk for meningococcal disease than college students overall.  Further research recently released by the CDC shows freshmen living in dormitories have a six times higher risk of meningococcal disease than college students overall.  Although anyone can come in contact with the bacteria that causes meningococcal disease, data also indicates certain behaviors, such as exposure to passive and active smoking, bar patronage, and excessive alcohol consumption, may put students at increased risk for the disease.

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30. Is meningitis vaccine recommended?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association recommends that individuals college students, particularly college freshmen who live in or plan to live in dormitories or resident halls, consider getting the meningitis vaccine to reduce their risk of meningococcal disease.  The Florida Legislature mandates that students living in on campus housing be vaccinated for meningitis and hepatitis B or sign a waiver refusing them.

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31. How effective is the meningitis vaccine?

The meningococcal vaccine has been shown to provide protection against the most common strains of the disease, including serogroups A, C, Y and W-135.   As with any vaccine, meningococcal vaccination may not protect 100% of susceptible individuals.  Protection from the vaccine lasts for at least  3 – 5 years.

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32. Where can I get the meningitis vaccine?

The vaccine is available at Student Health Services Immunization Department for $75.00.  To make an appointment please contact 239-590-1254. The Lee County Health Department also has this available, for more information please call the LCHD M-F at 239-332-9601.