Immunization FAQ

  • Why do I have an immunization hold on my.fiu.edu?

    If a student has an immunization hold, he or she may not have provided proof or submitted insufficient proof of immunity to MMR, Hepatitis B and Meningitis.

    In order to remove a hold, the student would need to provide the Health Compliance unit with the respective documents. All documentation will be processed within two business days (48 hours) of acceptance.

    To check the status of your current Immunization compliance, please visit the holds section on my.fiu.edu.

  • How do I electronically accept immunization waivers?

    Students declining to receive vaccination for Meningitis and/or Hepatitis B must accept a waiver of liability acknowledging that they have received and read information pertaining to the disease and despite knowledge of the risks have decided to waive receiving the vaccine.

    Immunization waivers can be read and accepted on my.fiu.edu under the "Student Health Portal" tab by clicking the "Immunization Waivers" link and then "accept" each waiver.

    If a student is under the age of 18, the waivers must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Waivers can be located in the "Immunization Forms" section of this website.

  • What are the acceptable forms of documentation?

    The following documents are acceptable proofs of immunity for all vaccines, provided that the dates are suitable and the documents are signed and stamped by the health care provider:

    • FIU Immunization Documentation Form
    • Health Department records
    • Childhood immunization records
    • School immunization records
    • Military service records
    • Documentation of having the disease during his or her lifetime: Applies to Measles (Rubeola) and Mumps only
    • Laboratory blood test (serology) results demonstrating immunity:
      • Measles (Rubeola): positive IgG titer required
      • Rubella: positive IgG titer required
      • Hepatitis B: positive AB antibody surface titer required
      • Meningitis: a lab test is not valid and will not be accepted
  • I cannot find my records, what should I do?

    If a student cannot locate his or her immunization records and are confident they have taken the vaccines, a positive lab test against both the Measles (Rubeola) and Rubella and/or Hepatitis B is sufficient to remove the holds.

    Laboratory blood tests with equivocal or negative results will not be accepted.

    Additionally, students can always choose to be revaccinated in cases of uncertainty.

  • When do I need to submit immunization records?

    Students should submit immunization records preferably at least four (4) weeks before you register. 

    We recommend fulfilling this requirement as soon as possible to minimize delays when registering. The month prior to registration before each semester are very busy times for the Health Compliance Unit so early submissions are greatly appreciated.

  • How and where do I submit immunization records?

    Copies of your immunization records can be submitted to FIU Student Health Services via mail, fax or email. Please include your Panther ID number on all documents and allow 24-48 hours for processing of your immunization documents.

    A copy of your Immunization records can be submitted:

    • In-person: at the MMC campus in the Student Health Center (Room 132)
    • Via Fax: to (305) 348-3336 or (305) 919-5312
    • Via Email: scanned documents to immune@fiu.edu (subject: Panther ID#)
    • Via Mail: FIU-Health Compliace Unit (SHC room 132), 11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199

    After a document has been submitted, you may check the status of your Immunization compliance at my.fiu.edu.
  • Can I get vaccines on campus?
    Yes! Students can receive the vaccines on a walk-in basis (no appointment required) at one of FIU's Student Health Services MMC or BBC during our regular hours of operation.
  • I sent in my immunization records. Why do I still have a hold for the MMR vaccine?

    There could be several reasons why you still have a hold for the MMR:

    • Your record may indicate that you only have one MMR. The university requires that all students have two MMR prior to registration, therefore you will need to take a second MMR before we can remove your hold. We offer the vaccine at FIU Student Health Services for $60 per dose.

    • Your record may be missing the doctor's stamp or signature. You will need to provide us with this missing portion before we can accept the record and remove the hold.

    • Your record may indicate that you took the shot before your first birthday. Each MMR vaccine has to be given after the first birthday as per Florida state regulations, otherwise it is not valid. If you received your first dose of MMR prior to your first birthday you will need to receive an additional dose of MMR to clear your hold.

    • Your second dose of MMR may not be a valid dose. The second dose must be given at least 28 days after the first dose. If the second shot is received too soon it is unacceptable. If you received your second dose before this time period passed you will need to receive an additional dose of MMR to clear your hold.
  • I have a hold on my account for the Hepatitis B immunization. How can I remove it?

    FIU requires three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine to remove this immunization hold. The second dose must be administered at least 28 days after the first dose. The third dose must be received at least 112 days after the first dose, and at least 56 days after the second dose.

    While this vaccine is strongly recommended by the university it is not mandatory. Therefore you can also sign and submit a waiver for this vaccine, which will be sufficient to remove your hold.

    This waiver can be accepted electronically through your myFIU Student account under the section “Student Health Portal” by clicking on the link labeled “Immunization Waivers” and then "accept" the waiver.

    Please keep in mind that if you are under the age of 18, the waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

  • I have a hold on my account for the Meningitis immunization. How can I remove it?

    FIU requires one dose of the Meningitis (Meningococcal) vaccine to remove this immunization hold. 

    While this vaccine is strongly recommended by the university it is not mandatory. Therefore you can also sign and submit a waiver for this vaccine, which will be sufficient to remove your hold.

    This waiver can be accepted electronically through your my.fiu.edu student account under the section “Student Health Portal” by clicking on the link labeled “Immunization Waivers” and then "accept" the waiver.

    Please keep in mind that if you are under the age of 18, the waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

  • I am currently pregnant, should I be vaccinated?

    If a student is pregnant, breast feeding, trying to get pregnant or undergoing fertility treatments, vaccination is not recommended. She can temporarily waive the immunization requirements until birth or breast feeding has ceased. Proper documentation consists of a Personal Physician Vaccine Waiver Form or a letter from a doctor's office with the following information:

    • The date the letter was provided
    • Brief explanation for waiving the vaccine
    • The term for which a student will need to be exempt from taking the vaccines
    • The students panther ID number
    • An M.D. stamp and original signature

    This letter will only be valid for one semester unless the letter specifically states an expiration date. Once the expiration date has passed, the Immunization holds will be automatically placed on the student's account.

  • I am currently ill, should I be vaccinated?

    If a student is temporarily ill or involved in any medical circumstance, it is not recommended for a student to take any vaccines. Proper documentation consists of the Personal Physician Vaccine Waiver form or a letter from a doctor's office with the following information:

    • The date the letter was provided
    • Brief explanation for waiving the vaccine
    • Date in which a student is able to take a vaccine
    • The students panther ID number
    • An M.D. stamp and original signature

    This letter will only be valid for one semester unless the letter specifically states an expiration date. Once the expiration date has passed, the Immunization holds will be automatically placed on the student's account.

  • I'm a transient student; do I need to submit records?

    Transient students from a public university in Florida have the option to submit Immunization documents or provide the Health Compliance Unit with a copy of his or her transient form verifying that the student's home school has the Measles and Rubella vaccines or the MMR combined vaccine (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) on file. This option will lift the student's MMR (Immunization) hold temporarily for one semester.

    Transient students need to provide documentation regarding Hepatitis B and Meningitis via proof of vaccination or waivers.

    If a student continues taking classes as a transient student, he or she will need to submit proof each semester. A student's home school can also send the Health Compliance unit a copy of the original Immunization record.

  • I'm taking both online and campus classes; do I need to submit records?
    Yes. A hybrid student is a student who is enrolled in a program that combines both on campus and off-campus learning via online classes. Any student that will be physically visiting any FIU campus is required to submit Immunization documents to the Student Health Services.
  • I'm taking classes at the Broward Pines Center/FIU at I-75 in Miramar; do I need to submit records?

    Yes, students attending classes at the Broward Pines Center/FIU at I-75 in Miramar must submit immunization records. Below is the contact information for additional assistance:

    FIU at I-75 in Miramar - Enrollment Services 
    1930 S.W. 145th Avenue 
    Miramar, FL 33027 
    Ph: (954) 438-8600 Fax: (954) 438-8606
    Website: FIU at I-75 in Miramar

  • My program is fully online. Do I need to submit records?

    If a student is not physically coming to one of FIU’s campuses, he or she is not required to submit proof of immunizations to the Health Compliance unit, unless they have their records and wish to submit them anyway. However, a letter is required from the student’s academic department.

    The letter must have the following:

    • Must be written on department letterhead paper
    • Must include the students panther ID number
    • Must state the specific academic program
    • Must verify that the student is enrolled in a fully online program
    • Must state the length of the program
    • Must be signed by the FIU employee representing the academic program

    This letter will only be valid for one semester unless the letter specifically states an expiration date. Once the expiration date has passed, the Immunization holds will be automatically placed on the student's account.

  • My program is a Distant Learning Program. Do I need to submit records?

    If students are part of a program that takes place outside of FIU's campuses, students have the option of waiving the immunization requirements by providing the Health Compliance Unit with a letter from the respective program.

    This letter must have the following:

    • Must be written on department letterhead paper
    • Must include the students panther ID number
    • Must state the specific academic program
    • Must verify that the student is enrolled program that takes place off campus
    • Must state the length of the program
    • Must be signed by the FIU employee representing the academic program

    This letter will only be valid for one semester unless the letter specifically states an expiration date. Once the expiration date has passed, the Immunization holds will be automatically placed on the student's account.

  • How do I request a permanent medical exemption?

    Permanent exemptions are given to students who have a permanent medical condition in which vaccinations are not recommended. Proper documentation consists of the Personal Physician Vaccine Waiver Form or a letter from a doctor's office with the following information:

    • The date the letter was provided by M.D.
    • Brief explanation for waiving the vaccine permanently
    • The students panther ID number
    • An M.D. stamp and signature
  • How do I request a permanent religious exemption?

    Permanent exemptions are given to students who provide documentation regarding religious beliefs and/or practices against vaccinations. A religious exemption applies to MMR only.

    Proper documentation consists of one of the following:

    • Completion and submission of the "Vaccine Waiver for Religious Exemption" form and a letter from the student's religious institution. The letter must report that the student is an active member of the religious institution and in good standing. It must also report that it is the tenet or practice of that religious institute that its members not receive medical vaccinations. No details of the religious tenet or practice are required. The letter must be written on the religious institution's letterhead and signed by the officiating clergy, and it must include his/her address and telephone number.

    • If a student is not a member of an organized church or religious sect, or if the student's personal religious beliefs are not shared by the religious institution, a student can complete the "Vaccine Waiver for Religious Exemption" form and provide a letter stating that his or her personal religious beliefs and practices do not permit him or her to receive medical vaccinations.
  • Am I able to receive a copy of my immunization records?

    FIU does have records on file for your immunizations. If you are able to come to our office in person all you need to bring is a photo ID. The Health Compliance office is located at the Student Health Center (room 132) on the MMC campus.

    If you are not able to come in person, you must complete and sign the “FIU Immunization Release of Information form”, attach a copy of your photo ID, and email it to immune@fiu.edu or fax it to 305-348-3336.

    After the release form is received, the Health Compliance Unit can fax or mail immunization records. Immunization records cannot be sent by email.

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