FGCU/SUS Immunization Requirements
The State University System of Florida requires all students born AFTER December 31, 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to MMRs, measles (Rubeola) and German Measles (Rubella). This document must be mailed, emailed, faxed, or delivered to Student Health Services . Phone calls from your physician are not acceptable. If you have questions, call the FGCU Student Health Services Immunization Department at (239) 590-1254.
- Effective 06/01/11 the date must be in the following format: MM/DD/YY (Month/Day/Year) must be provided on documents or they will NOT be accepted
- 2 MMR’s
- Hepatitis B vaccine (3) shot series or sign FGCU waiver
- 1 Meningitis vaccine administered AFTER age 16 or sign FGCU waiver
- Positive lab/titer results "Rubella/Rubeola Titer" are also accepted. MUST HAVE actual lab documents.
- IF you were are PREVIOUS FGCU student please call 239-590-1254 as we may have your documents on file. (have your UIN ready)
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
- Proof of immunity by way of a blood test result (Rubella/Rubeola titer). Must submit lab documentation.
- 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)
- Previous school documents (your high school can fax a copy but you will need to speak with that school to request them)
- High school transcripts/State University records(if sent to Admissions you will need to resend the vaccine documents to the this department 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", must have actual lab documentation.
- Exemption: Medical/Pregnancy/Illness/Age, please see "Valid Immunization Exemptions" below.
Immunization ProcessToggle More Info
The student will provide immunization documents from other institutions/offices or the FGCU Immunization History Form at least 72 business hours PRIOR to class registration. The documents will be reviewed and determined complete or not by the immunization staff within 72 business hours after receiving them.
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. Students may view the hold reason through their Gulfline account "hold screen".
Providing DocumentsToggle More Info
- A completed FGCU Immunization History form and/or alternate documents may be mailed, faxed, scanned & e-mailed (you may take a cell phone picture of the document(s) and add it as an attachment in an email or drop them off to Student Health Services Immunization Department upon completion. (see "Contact Us" below)
- Original certificates and/or immunization books do not have to be turned in; in this case, photocopies of original documents are acceptable. (WE DO NOT MAKE COPIES, please make your own)
- Month, Day, and Year (MM/DD/YY) Must be provided on documents or they will not be accepted
- Please place your University ID Number on all documents.
- Remember to view your "Hold" screen in your Gulfline account AFTER 72 BUSINESS HOURS
- If you are a previous/returning FGCU student we may have your documents on file. Please contact us so we can assist you.
- *Due to a policy change to ensure the safety of all students, distance learning students are now required to submit immunization documentation prior to class registration, effective Summer 2011.
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 both 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 however (2) doses may be required.
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.
- TemporaryMedical Exemptions: (pregnancy, illness, allergies see directions below)
- 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)
- Walk-in clinics
- Your private physician office
- Health Department
- VA (if active military or veteran)
Printable Immunization Form(s)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 & returned. (please see the "Acceptable Vaccination/Imm." tab to answer document questions)
IF you are using the FGCU form as a "WAIVER ONLY" to opt out of Hepatitis B and/or Meningitis the physician does NOT NEED TO SIGN IT.
*If you already have immunization documents that complete the requirements you do NOT need to submit the "FGCU Immunization History Form"
Need to order a copy of your immunization records on file with FGCU?
- Please complete the entire Immunization Records Request Form below and print neatly.
- You may fax, email or mail the request form (see the "Contact" tab below for sending options) or walk in and order a copy of your immunization records at no charge.
- Please allow 72 business hours for your request to be processed. (See form below)
- Immunization Record Request Form
Contact UsToggle More Info
Contacting Student Health Services
- FAX: 239-590-7968
- EMAIL: Stephanie Harper firstname.lastname@example.org
- OFFICE: 239-590-1254
Florida Gulf Coast University
Student Health Services
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Ft. Myers, FL 33965
Florida Gulf Coast University
Student Health Services
*After hours you may place documents in the "Immunization Drop Box" located outside the front door.
HoursToggle More Info
Immunization Service Hours
DAY HOURS Monday 8:15am - 4:45pm Tuesday 8:15am - 4:45pm Wednesday 8:15am - 4:45pm Thursday 8:15am - 4:45pm Friday 9:00am - 4:45pm
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.
Upcoming Holiday/Break Hours & Closings
DATE HOLIDAYS/BREAKS CLOSE STATUS 01/21/19 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Closed 05/27/19 Memorial Day Closed 07/04/19 Independence day Closed 09/02/19 Labor Day Closed 11/11/19 Veterans Day Closed 11/28/19 Thanksgiving Day Closed 11/29/19 Day after Thanksgiving Closed 12/25/19 Christmas Day Closed 12/26/19-12/31/19 Winter Break Closed 01/01/20 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 - $80.00 per dose
- Rubella/Rubeola Titer- (blood test) $20.00
- Rubella Titer-$10
- Rubeola Titer-$10
- Mumps Titer-$10
- Gardasil - $200.00 per vaccine
- Hepatitis A - $50.00 each dose - Must be prepaid & ordered
- Hepatitis B - $45.00 each dose
- Hepatits B Titer- $11
- Hepatits B Quantitated Titer- $20
- Tuberculosis Screening (TB/PPD) $8.00
- Varicella Titer (blood test) - $15.00
- Flu shot - $20 (when available)
- Meningitis Vaccine - $105.00 - Must be prepaid & ordered
- Meningitis "B"- $158.00 - Must be prepaid & ordered
- TDAP - $40.00 Tetanus, Diphtheria & Acellular Pertussis(According to CDC guidelines as an adult, you should have one "pertussis" tetanus booster, TDAP)
Vaccine Information SheetsToggle More Info
TravelToggle More Info
Are You Traveling Outside of the Country? Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travelers' Health website for the current required/recommended vaccine information.
Where can I obtain my shot records?Toggle More Info
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.
What is a MMR?Toggle More Info
A MMR is a measles, mumps and rubella combination shot.
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.
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 mail, fax, email, or bring your immunization records directly to the immunization office.
I am faxing/emailing my immunization records. Do I still need to mail the original?Toggle More Info
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.
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 sign waivers at each school you attend.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
What if I have a medical reason for not getting the vaccinations?Toggle More Info
A medical exemption can be submitted by your physician and it must include the medical reason for the exemption, date and expiration.
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
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.
What can I do if my religious convictions prohibit me from getting vaccinated?Toggle More Info
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 and rubella immunizations be given after you are one year old. (see form)
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, 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.
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 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.
What if my doctor doesn't have an office stamp?Toggle More Info
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.
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
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.)
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 sign a waiver refusing them.
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.
Where can I get the meningitis vaccine?Toggle More Info
The vaccine is available at Student Health Services Immunization Department. To make an appointment please contact the Immunization Department at 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.