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.

    These waivers can be read and accepted electronically through your myFIU account. Once you login, click on “Student Tools.” Then, click on “Student Health” and finally, click “Accept”.

    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 SASC Building Lobby
    • 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 Compliance Office 11200 SW 8th St, SASC 126 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 $83 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 read and accepted electronically through your myFIU account. Once you login, click on “Student Tools.” Then, click on “Student Health” and finally, click “Accept”.

    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 read and accepted electronically through your myFIU account. Once you login, click on “Student Tools.” Then, click on “Student Health” and finally, click “Accept”.

    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 dual enrollment student/special program student and I will not be attending campus. Do I still need to submit immunization records?

    Health Compliance recommends that all students submit proof of immunizations for the three required vaccinations of MMR, Meningitis, and Hepatitis B.  However, if you will be part of an off-campus program or if you are a dual enrollment student not attending campus, you do not have to submit immunization records.  Your program coordinator or advisor* needs to contact the Health Compliance office at least 3 weeks prior to your registration date so any immunization holds may be removed from your account in a timely manner.  This deadline must be met in order to ensure that all immunization holds are removed from your account prior to registration.  Please keep in mind that if you will be attending campus at any time, you must submit proof of immunizations to be compliant with the Florida state immunization requirements.

     

    *Note for program coordinators and advisors:  If you are submitting a list of students needing temporary immunization exemptions, please send it at least 3 weeks prior to the students’ registration date so we may remove their holds in a timely manner.  We thank you for your cooperation in adhering to this deadline.

  • I’m a non-degree seeking student taking classes on campus. Do I still need to submit immunization records?

    Yes.  All students taking classes on an FIU campus must submit appropriate documentation showing proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella), one dose of Meningitis (meningococcal), and three doses of Hepatitis B.  These immunization requirements do not change if you are non-degree seeking; if you are attending campus for classes, you must comply with the immunization requirements.  Additional information about the immunization requirements may be found under the “Registration Holds” tab of the Student Health website homepage.

  • 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 FIU at I-75 located in Miramar; do I need to submit records?

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

    FIU at I-75
    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?

    Students may request an exemption if their religious/personal beliefs do not allow them to obtain vaccinations. To discuss a religious/personal exemption, please call the Health Compliance Office at 305-348-2688.

  • 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 Academic Success Center (SASC Lobby) 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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