FGCU/SUS Immunization Requirements
The State University System of Florida/fGCU requires all students born AFTER December 31, 1956 to present documented vaccine proof or lab immunity to MMRs, (Measles (Rubeola) and German Measles (Rubella).
- Effective 06/01/11 the vaccination date must be in the following format: MM/DD/YY (Month/Day/Year) must be provided on documents. Month/Year will NOT be accepted
- 2 MMR vaccine dates (Measles/Rubella) After 1971 OR positive Rubella/ Rubeola lab/titer results. (MUST HAVE actual lab results)
- Hepatitis B vaccine (3) shot series OR select the FGCU waiver located in your SHS Portal.
- 1 Meningitis (ACWY) vaccine administered AFTER age 16 OR select the FGCU waiver located in your SHS Portal. Note*** Meningitis B will not fulfill the FGCU requirements, although, it is highly recommended.
- If you are a PREVIOUS/RETURNING FGCU student or APPLIED TO GRAD SCHOOL please call 239-590-1254 as we may have your documents on file. (have your UIN ready)
To View Holds in your Gulfline Account
- Sign into your Gulfline account
- Click "Student" tab
- Click "Student Records" tab
- "View Holds"
*Please watch the video below for information regarding Meningitis.
Acceptable Proof/Acceptable Documentation FormsToggle More Info
Acceptable Proof/Acceptable Documentation Forms
- Proof of two (2) MMR vaccine doses received at least/minimum 28 days apart, must have been received AFTER your first birthday. Vaccinations MUST have been received in 1971 or later OR proof of immunity by way of a blood test result (Rubella/Rubeola titer). Must upload positive lab documentation through your SHS portal.
- The official State of Florida Immunization Form (680, blue form) issued by local "Health Departments" & physician offices (must include stamp)
- Childhood immunization records: (the little booklets, not family baby books/album pages)
- High Schools: Most public schools require the MMRs K-12 (you will need to speak with that school to request them)
- High school transcripts: May hold vaccine dates (if sent to Admissions you will need to upload the vaccine documents page to yout SHS portal as we do not share information)
- Military documents: must have full dates MM/DD/YY not a discharge date (DD214 not valid) "Infinite Military Titer" is not acceptable. We must have actual lab documentation.
- FGCU FORM: If you can't locate documents from the sources above, the "FGCU Immunization History Form/Parent Waiver" can be completed & uploaded to your portal. Make sure it is stamped and signed by authorized personal (NOT AN FGCU MEMBER) (see "Printable Immunization Forms")
- Exemption: Medical/Pregnancy/Illness/Age, please see "Valid Immunization Exemptions" below.
Immunization ProcessToggle More Info
The student will upload the required immunization documents at least 72 business hours PRIOR to class registration to the SHS Portal. The documents will be reviewed and determined complete or not by the immunization staff within 72 business hours.
If the documents are determined complete by the staff, students Immunization hold will be cleared and he/she will be able to register for classes.
If the documents are incomplete (see "requirements" above) the staff will update the “Immunization Hold” with a current date and the reason and/or you will receive a "secured message" through your SHS portal. Students may view the specific hold reason through their Gulfline account "hold screen" in the "reason" box.
To View Holds
- Sign into your Gulfline account
- Click "Student" tab
- Click "Student Records" tab
- "View Holds"
Unable to find your immunization documents?Toggle More Info
Not able to find your immunization documents?
If you are unable to obtain written documentation of the actual dates, it is recommended that you either have a blood antibody "titer" test performed (Rublla/Rubeola) to determine if you are immune to the viral diseases, or if you must register ASAP and are unable to wait for the test results; you may elect to receive the MMR vaccines.
Valid Immunization ExemptionsToggle More Info
Valid Immunization Exemptions
You will be exempt from the State of Florida University System immunization requirements if you meet any one of the following:
- If you are a Distance Learner who is living or working OUTSIDE the United States and are able to provide proof please contact this office at 239-590-1254.
- Birthdate exempt if born prior to December 31, 1956 PLEASE CALL THE IMMUNIZATION DEPARTMENT 239-590-1254, HAVE YOUR University ID READY AND DATE OF BIRTH.
- Temporary Medical Exemptions: (pregnancy, illness, allergies see directions below)
- Please select the "Exemption" box on the "Student Health Immunization History Form/Parent Waiver" located in your
portal then upload your exemption supporting documentation.
Immunization History Form
- Pregnancy/Fertility Treatments: On a dated office/physicians letterhead please specify PT name, DOB & expected date of delivery if pregnant. Please provide brief explanation of event & include physician's signature and contact information. (medical provider cannot be that of a family member)
- Breast-Feeding/ Lactation Considerations: Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR): Excretion in breast milk unknown. Please discuss receiving the MMR vaccine with your pediatrician while breast-Feeding. On dated office/physician’s letterhead please specify PT name, DOB, you are breast feeding and that the physician does or does not support receiving the MMR vaccine. Include physician's signature and contact information. (medical provider cannot be that of a family member)
- Illness/Disease: A written, current dated statement on office/physician letterhead signed by a physician and including his/her contact information. Please specify the students' name, DOB, date seen and that the MMR vaccines cannot be given as student is immunocompromised. (medical provider cannot be that of a family member)
- Allergy: A written, dated statement on office/physician letterhead signed by a physician including his/her contact information which specifies the date seen, type of reaction and a brief explanation of the event. (medical provider cannot be that of a family member)
For questions or details on ALL SUS (State University System) exemptions including Religious exemptions please contact the Immunization Department, 239-590-1254 M-TH 8:15-4:45 and F 9:00-4:45. (K-12 Religious Exemption documents are not accepted by universities)
Acceptable vaccination or immunity testing locationsToggle More Info
You may receive vaccinations or immunity testing at the following locations: (Please call that location to verify vaccine availability & insurance coverage)
- FGCU Student Health Services (must have a University ID Number) see "cost" tab
- Walk-in clinics
- Your private physician office
- Health Department
- VA (if active military or veteran)
- CVS/Walgreens/Publix/Minute Clinics
Printable Immunization Form(s) OR need a copy of your records.Toggle More Info
If you DO NOT have vaccination records from another institution the "Immunization Form" below should be taken to a doctor, completed, signed, stamped & uploaded in your portal. As the parent, if using this form to opt out only then NO office stamp/signature is required. Must upload to portal.
Need to order a copy of your immunization records and/or lab results on file with FGCU for yourself or to send elsewhere?
You may now print these documents from your SHS Portal WITHOUT completing a records request.
- Log into your SHS portal (click the red portal button at the top of the page)
- Click "MY PROFILE" located on the tool bar on top right
- You may print you Immunization History and/or your Lab Results WITHOUT completing the "IMRecords Request
IF you do NOT HAVE ACCESS to the FGCU SHS Portal OR your profile options are blank please follow the steps below
- Please complete the entire "Immunization Records Request Form" below and print neatly.
- You may fax: 239-590-7968 OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is NO charge for this service.
- Please allow 72 business hours for your request to be processed. (See form below)
Contact UsToggle More Info
Contact Student Health Services
You must upload your immuniztion documentation to the Student Health Services Portal for processing. DO NOT SUBMIT via fax, email, mail or drop off.
- EMAIL: email@example.com
- OFFICE: 239-590-1254
Florida Gulf Coast University
Student Health Services
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Ft. Myers, FL 33965
HoursToggle More Info
Immunization Service Hours
DAY HOURS Monday 8:15am - 4:00pm Tuesday 8:15am - 4:00pm Wednesday 8:15am - 4:00pm Thursday 8:15am - 4:00pm Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Appointments are required and can be made by calling 239-590-1254
University ID Cards are required at check in; incoming students acquiring state mandated vaccines DO NOT require an Eagle ID but will need to show drivers license
Upcoming Holiday/Break Hours & Closings
DATE HOLIDAYS/BREAKS CLOSE STATUS May 25, 2020 Memorial Day Closed July 3, 2020 Independence Day Closed (observed) September 7, 2020 Labor Day Closed November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving Closed November 27, 2020 Day after Thanksgiving Closed December 25, 2020 Christmas Day Closed December 28-31, 2020 Winter Break Closed January 1, 2021 New Years Day Closed
CostsToggle More Info
The following immunizations & titers (blood tests) are available at Student Health Services Immunization department: Appointments are required! Please notify this office at least 2 hours prior if you need to cancel an appointment.
- MMR - $85.00 per dose
- Rubella/Rubeola Titer- (blood test) $20.00
- Rubella Titer-$10
- Rubeola Titer-$10
- Mumps Titer-$10
- Gardasil - Please visit your local pharmacy, health department or primary care doctor
- Hepatitis A - Please visit your local pharmacy, health department or primary care doctor
- Hepatitis B - $50.00 each dose
- Hepatits B Titer- $11
- Hepatits B Quantitated Titer- $20
- Tuberculosis Screening (TB/PPD) $8.00
- TB-Quantiferon Gold blood test $83.00 (here at Student Health)
- Varicella Titer (blood test) - $15.00
- Flu shot - $20
- Meningitis ACWY & Men B Vaccines - Please visit your local pharmacy, health department or primary care doctor
- TDAP - $40.00 Tetanus, Diphtheria & Acellular Pertussis (According to CDC guidelines as an adult, you should have one "pertussis" tetanus booster, TDAP)
- Color Vision Screening- No Charge
- 10 Panel Urine Drug Screen- $40.00 (includes "ETOH")
Vaccine Information SheetsToggle More Info
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Vaccine Information Statements web site for the current required/recommended vaccine information. Also see the following links for downloadable Vaccine Information Statements:
TravelToggle More Info
Are You Traveling Outside of the Country? Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travelers' Health websitefor the current required/recommended vaccine information.
Where can I obtain my shot records?Toggle More Info
You may contact your parent/guardian 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.
What is a MMR?Toggle More Info
A MMR is a measles, mumps and rubella combination shot. (2) MMR vaccines are required or a combination of titers and vaccines.
Where is the Immunization Office located?Toggle More Info
The Immunization office is centrally located in the Student Health Services modular adjacent to Parking Garage 2. Room 101A.
We are open from 8:15am - 4:45pm, Monday thru Thursday, and 9:00am - 4:45pm on Fridays. (summer hours differ)
Should I send my immunization records with my application or directly to Student Health Services?Toggle More Info
IMPORTANT - DO NOT SEND with your application. Once you have been accepted and receive a university id number please upload your documents to your Student Health Servics portal.
I have been a previous student at FGCU. Do you still have my immunization records on file?Toggle More Info
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.
Is this just a Florida Gulf Coast University Requirement?Toggle More Info
No, the 12 public 4-year universities in Florida must abide by these requirements.
I have attended another state university; am I still required to show proof of immunization?Toggle More Info
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 opt out through your SHS PORTAL.
I am a transient student from another Florida public university. How can I take care of my immunization requirement?Toggle More Info
You may have your current university print copy of your Immunization Records showing that they have your information on file. You must upload your information into your SHS Portal.
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?Toggle More Info
You will need to upload your records directly to SHS Portal. The admissions office at FGCU will not provide these records to Student Health Services even if they are recorded on your transcript.
I heard that I can waive some shots. Is that true?Toggle More Info
Students have the option of either waiving or providing shot records for hepatitis B (3 shots) and meningitis ACWY. If you have started but not completed the series you will also need to opt out through your SHS portal. However, every student born after 1956 needs to provide shot records for measles, mumps and rubella (2 MMR). See questions below for exceptions.
What if I have a medical reason for not getting the vaccinations?Toggle More Info
Please view the "Valid Immunization Exemptions" tab on the SHS website for all exemption information.
I may be pregnant or I am currently pregnant and nursing. What can I do if I don't have my immunization records?Toggle More Info
Please view the "Valid Immunization Exemptions" tab on the SHS webstie for all exemption information.
What can I do if my religious convictions prohibit me from getting vaccinated?Toggle More Info
You may request 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.
I recall having had measles and/or rubella. Doesn't that prove that I am immune?Toggle More Info
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.
I have had children. Didn't they test for immunity to measles and rubella when I was pregnant?Toggle More Info
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.
I was in the military; doesn't this prove that I have had all of my immunizations?Toggle More Info
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.
If I have documents from the health department, do I still need to complete the FGCU Immunization History Form/Waiver?Toggle More Info
You may upload the blue Health Department form but please check to see that you have received all 3 doses of Hepatitis B & the Meningitis ACWY vaccine & (2) doses of MMR.
I am over 40 years old; do I still need to submit Immunizations?Toggle More Info
Yes, all students must submit the state mandated Immunization required vaccines.
If I was born before 1957, do I still need to fill out this form?Toggle More Info
If you were born BEFORE 12/31/56 you do not need to upload immunization information. 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.
Why were my documents good enough to get through public school down here, but not good enough for the university?Toggle More Info
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.
I had my first shot before my first birthday, why would this be unacceptable?Toggle More Info
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, mumps and rubella immunizations be given after you are one year old.
My parents kept a "baby book" with the dates of my vaccines. Is that official enough?Toggle More Info
In order for it to be official, it needs to have a doctor's signature, stamp and dates. You will upload that information into you SHS Portal.
I am not a student at FGCU yet. Can I use your clinic to get the shots or have a titer?Toggle More Info
Yes. Prospective students that have been accepted and have a University ID Number may receive MMRs, & Hepatitis B 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.
What if my doctor doesn't have an office stamp?Toggle More Info
A "stamp" can be the office address. If using the FGCU "Immunization History Form/PARENT Waiver", the form must be stamped and signed 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. You will then upload that informatiom into your SHS Portal.
I have attended FGCU and now I need my immunization records for myself or another school. How can I get a copy of them?Toggle More Info
Please visit your SHS portal and click the "My Profile" tab to print your immunizations and/or lab documents.
How is meningococcal disease spread?Toggle More Info
Meningococcal disease is transmitted through the air droplets of respiratory secretions and direct contact with an infected person.
Who is at risk?Toggle More Info
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.
Is meningitis vaccine recommended?Toggle More Info
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 opt out through your SHS Portal.
How effective is the meningitis vaccine?Toggle More Info
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.
Can Men "B" take the place of the FGCU Meningitis requirement?Toggle More Info
NO. Meningitis B is specifically approved to protect against the Serogropu "B" strains only. Although the Meningitis B vaccine is not currently a required vaccination for admission, it is highly recommended. Recent data repots 58% of cases of Men B is adolescents and young adults aged 16-25 years of age were caused by Serogroup B strains. To be fully protected from both Meningococcal vaccine and Men B is recommended.
Student Health Services Portal
Our new online portal allows you to upload, update and print immunization documents, through our secure site