Click on the questions below to get answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions related to Immunizations. If your question isn't listed, please call or come by Student Health Services.
How do I submit my immunization records?
Create an account with Med+Proctor and submit your immunization history to them for verification.
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, military documents, the Florida Department of Health (Blue Form), or your state’s local health department may also have records.
What is an MMR?
An MMR is a measles, mumps, and rubella combination shot.
Where is the Immunization office located?
Immunizations is located in Student Health Services in Building 960, on the first floor. Our building is between the tennis courts and the Center for Fine & Performing Arts.
I have been a previous student at UWF. Do you still have my immunization records on file?
Please call 850.474.2172, option 2 and we will be happy to check to see if we have immunization records on file for you, and if they meet the current requirements.
I am a transient/transfer student from another Florida public university. How can I take care of my immunization requirement?
You may have your current university print a copy of your immunization records. Create an account with Med+Proctor and submit all documentation to them for verification.
What if I have a medical reason for not getting the vaccinations?
The student must provide a letter from a healthcare provider, signed on official medical office stationery and including the official stamp from the office, stating the medical reason(s) why the student is not able to receive the vaccine(s), and indicating if this is a temporary or permanent condition.
I may be pregnant or I am currently pregnant or 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. Create an account with Med+Proctor and communicate directly with them. Pregnant women are routinely tested for rubella, so you should be able to obtain the test result from your OB/GYN.
What can I do if my religious convictions prohibit me from getting the MMR vaccination?
The student (or the student's parent/guardian if under 18 years old) must provide a signed letter stating that the student's religious beliefs do not permit him/her to receive vaccinations. The student must also create an account with Med+Proctor, upload the letter, sign the consent for treatment and submit waivers for any other required immunizations.
What if I am only taking online classes?
The Mandatory Immunization Health History Form is required to be completed and submitted for all UWF students. If you are taking only online classes at UWF, and will not be present in any UWF classroom or on any UWF campus, you are not required to provide proof of immunization. If you enroll in a face-to-face course or will be visiting a UWF location, you will be required to submit the required immunization documentation.
What if I am active duty military?
Active duty military personnel may request an exception for the MMR vaccine and waivers for Hepatitis B and Meningitis on the Mandatory Immunization Health History Form if documentation of immunization is unavailable at the time of registration. Proof of military service is required.
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 is acceptable to meet the requirement. However, if the test results are negative, then you would have to show proof of immunization or receive the vaccines. You will still need to create an account with Med+Proctor.
I recall having had measles and/or rubella. Doesn't that prove that I am immune?
Having had the measles and/or rubella in the past is NOT sufficient proof of immunity. You may have a blood test (titer) to show that you have antibodies in your system against this disease.
I am not a student at UWF yet. Can I use your clinic to get the shots or have a titer?
Yes. Prospective students may receive MMR, 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 850.474.2172, option 1.
What if my doctor doesn't have an office stamp?
A "stamp" can be the office address. The UWF Immunization Records Form must be stamped, signed, and completed by a healthcare provider or it will not be accepted. The office may also print out your vaccination dates on office letterhead and include a healthcare provider signature and date for proof of receiving vaccinations.
I have attended UWF and now I need my immunization records for myself or another school. How can I get a copy of them?
If you have an account with Med+Proctor, you have the option to pay a one-time fee of $10 to have lifetime access to your immunization records. If you do not have an account with Med+Proctor, you may complete an Authorization for Release of Confidential Information form to request your immunization records. Please be advised that depending on the dates you attended UWF, your immunization records may not be available due to a change in our electronic medical records system. You may also come in person to SHS with your UWF ID# and fill out the request form. For more information, visit the Confidential Records Release Request page.
Who is at risk for meningococcal disease?
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. Anyone can come in contact with the bacteria that causes meningococcal disease since it is easily transmitted through the air droplets of respiratory secretions and direct contact with an infected person. 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?
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association recommend that college students, particularly college freshmen who live in or plan to live in dormitories or resident halls, consider getting the Meningitis MCV4 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 the vaccinations.
How effective is the meningitis vaccine?
The meningococcal MCV4 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 MCV4 vaccination may not protect 100% of susceptible individuals. Protection from the vaccine lasts for at least 3-5 years.
What immunizations are available at Student Health Services?
SHS offers the following immunizations at a reduced cost for all UWF students: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Hepatitis B (3 shot series), Meningitis (MCV4), Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria, pertussis), Gardasil (3 shot series to prevent HPV), & Flu vaccine.