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Immunizations: Requirements & Form

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. ONLY THIS OFFICIAL UF FORM WILL BE ACCEPTED! Submissions provided on any other form will be disregarded and shredded.
  • Have a doctor’s office, clinic or health department fill out the medical areas of the form.
  • Fax (352-392-0938) OR mail (see below) only the single records page (and lab reports as needed) to the UF Student Health Care Center (SHCC) at least 3 weeks prior to orientation/registration.
    • MAILING ADDRESS: University of Florida, Student Health Care Center, Immunizations, P.O. Box 117500, Gainesville, FL 32611-7500

      • ALTERNATE ADDRESS, IF STREET ADDRESS REQUIRED: University of Florida, Student Health Care Center, Immunizations, 280 Fletcher Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611; PHONE: (352) 294-7472
  • DUAL CREDIT ENROLLMENT STUDENTS: Fax to UF’s Center for Precollegiate Education and Training at 352-392-2344, NOT to the SHCC as indicated on the form. Click here for more info. 
  • Need further information about your form? First, please check your UF ISIS account to see if your holds have been cleared. Have specific questions about your form or holds? Contact SHCC Special Clinics via phone at (352) 294-7472. All inquiries must be initiated by the student noted on the form unless they are under 18.

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 vaccine after reading the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked to below.

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
    OR
    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 (for Meningococcal Meningitis)* – Students living in residence halls are recommended to obtain this vaccine. If they receive the vaccine before their 16th birthday, they should get a booster dose before moving in for maximum protection.

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

    • Only the official UF Mandatory Immunization Health History Form will be accepted. Submissions provided on any other form will be disregarded and shredded. Medical records from another college or university must be transferred onto the UF form by that college or university’s health care center; transcripts are not accepted in lieu of this completed form.
      • NOTE: 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. The UF Student Health Care Center (SHCC) is unable to locate records without this unique number.
    • Fax ONLY the single page of records (and lab reports as needed). Faxing a record with instruction sheets and/or cover pages, or sending the same fax multiple times, may delay processing time, which may affect your ability to register for classes.

    Review/approval procedure

    Due to high volume, it may take up to one week to process your form. The SHCC does not send confirmation that an individual form has been received.

    The form will be reviewed and determined complete or not by SHCC staff. 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 ISIS account, making them unable to register for classes. The hold will remain till the form and/or immunization deficiencies are corrected.

    Need further information about your form? First, please check your UF ISIS account to see if your holds have been cleared. Have specific questions about your form or holds? Contact SHCC Special Clinics via phone at (352) 294-7472. All inquiries must be initiated by the student noted on the form unless they are under 18.

    • NOTE: Due to University of Florida and State of Florida regulations regarding Protected Health Information, the SHCC 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.

    Exemptions

    Age

    If the student was born before January 1, 1957, an age exemption applies for Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and Rubella (German Measles) only.

    Beliefs/personal tenets

    A formal Beliefs Exemption may be completed based on religious beliefs or personal tenets. The student must first meet with a registered nurse from the SHCC Immunization Clinic, then sign a form acknowledging they have been counseled about the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the availability, effectiveness and known contraindications of any required or recommended vaccines. Additionally, the student must also do a baseline Measles, Mumps and Rubella lab test if there are no vaccines on board. If the student cannot complete the Beliefs Exemption form during Preview/Orientation, call (352) 294-7472.

    PLEASE NOTE: If a vaccine-preventable disease occurs on campus, students who have not been vaccinated may be excluded from attending classes or other campus activities.

    Medical

    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.

    For complete and specific information about the vaccines and medical contraindications to them, carefully review the Centers for Disease Control’s Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) listed below for each required and recommended vaccine.

    Available immunizations and CDC VIS

    Current UF students, faculty and staff may obtain the following immunizations; costs vary, but insurance is accepted if presented prior to vaccination. Included are links to CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VIS), including medical contraindications to these vaccinations. Visit the CDC’s website to view all VIS listings.