Immunizations: Requirements & Form
Looking for information about available vaccinations at the Student Health Care Center (SHCC)? Please visit the SHCC Travel Counseling/Vaccinations page.
DON’T DELAY! Get any immunizations you need and have the form completed by a healthcare provider, then submit it ASAP to avoid registration issues at Preview.
- Download the UF Mandatory Immunization Health History Form.
- Have a doctor’s office, clinic or health department fill out the medical areas of the form. An official stamp AND an official signature from one of these entities must be included for this document to be complete and approved.
- MAKE A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS. Should anything be amiss, you can easily refer to what was sent to us.
- Email, fax (no cover sheet) OR mail the completed form ONLY–and lab reports as needed–at least 3 weeks prior to UF Preview/orientation. NOTE: With the exception of other Florida college/university immunization records, NO OTHER FORMS ARE ACCEPTED.
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org — NOTE: Email sent over the Internet is not necessarily secure. Please be aware that the UF Student Health Care Center (SHCC) cannot guarantee the confidentiality or security of any information sent over the Internet when using email. The SHCC shall not be liable for any breach of confidentiality resulting from such use of email via the Internet.
- FAX: (352) 392-0938
- MAILING ADDRESS: UF Student Health Care Center, Health Compliance, P.O. Box 117500, Gainesville, FL 32611-7500
- ALTERNATE ADDRESS, IF STREET ADDRESS REQUIRED: UF Student Health Care Center, Health Compliance, 280 Fletcher Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611; PHONE: (352) 294-2925
- DUAL CREDIT ENROLLMENT STUDENTS: Fax to UF’s Center for Precollegiate Education and Training at 352-392-2344, NOT where indicated on the form. Click here for more info.
Check your UF account to see if your immunization hold has been cleared: http://one.uf.edu. NOTE: Health Compliance does not send confirmation that an individual form has been received. If you still have an immunization hold, call Health Compliance at (352) 294-2925.
Requirements and recommendations
The University of Florida requires that all new students show proof of the following immunizations prior to attending UF. Please note that international students and those entering most academic health professions are required to have a current PPD skin test that confirms they are free of tuberculosis.
EXCEPTIONS — noted with an asterisk (*) below: By signing a waiver (see form), students may choose to officially decline the Hepatitis B vaccine or Meningococcal vaccines after reading the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked to below.
All vaccines are available at the UF Student Health Care Center (SHCC), and most insurance is accepted.
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
Provide lab evidence of immunity by doing a blood test to check for antibodies for Measles, Mumps and Rubella. If you do a blood test, you need to provide the results on a lab form that should be faxed or mailed with the completed Mandatory Immunization Health History Form.
- Hepatitis B* — 2-dose or 3-dose vaccine series
- Meningococcal (Menactra and Menveo)* — Students living in residence halls are recommended to obtain this vaccine. NOTE: Serogroup B Meningococcal (Bexsero and Trumenba) is available for those who wish to obtain this additional, optional vaccination.
For information on vaccine recommendations by age group — including Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap), HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Influenza — visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Schedules website.
Important things to remember
- If you are having trouble gathering all required medical records, you may wish to obtain new vaccinations.
- Always include your UF ID on all correspondence. Health Compliance is unable to locate records without this unique number.
- Fax ONLY the completed immunization form (and lab reports as needed). Faxing a record with cover pages, or sending the same fax multiple times, may delay processing time, which may affect your ability to register for classes.
The completed form ONLY — and lab reports as needed — should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to UF Preview/orientation. Health Compliance does not send confirmation that an individual form has been received. Students will not be cleared to register for classes until all immunization requirements are met.
- If the form is complete, the student will be cleared and can register for classes during Preview/orientation.
- If the form is missing information or contains inaccurate information, the student will see a “hold” on their UF account, making them unable to register for classes. The hold will remain till the form and/or immunization deficiencies are corrected.
- If you need help with your immunization hold, call Health Compliance at (352) 294-2925.
NOTE: Due to University of Florida and State of Florida regulations regarding Protected Health Information, Health Compliance is unable to answer email queries about individual health information such as vaccinations. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Read the UF Information Privacy Statement.
PLEASE NOTE: If a vaccine-preventable disease occurs on campus, students who have not been vaccinated or do not have immunity verified by lab test may be excluded from attending classes or other campus activities.
If the student was born before January 1, 1957, an age exemption applies for measles (rubeola), mumps and rubella (German Measles) only.
A formal Beliefs Exemption Form may be completed based on religious beliefs or personal tenets. The student must first meet with a registered nurse at the SHCC, then sign a form acknowledging they have been counseled about the risks and benefits of vaccines. Additionally, the student must also do a baseline measles, mumps and rubella antibody lab test. If the student cannot complete the exemption form during Preview/orientation, call Health Compliance at (352) 294-2925.
A formal Medical Exemption may be completed for persons with certain medical conditions and/or contraindications (permanent or temporary) to certain vaccines. A letter from the student’s physician or the official State of Florida Medical Exemption form must be submitted to the SHCC. Additionally, the student must also do a baseline measles, mumps and rubella antibody lab test. If the student cannot complete the exemption form during Preview/orientation, call Health Compliance at (352) 294-2925.