Where can I obtain my shot records?
You can try your parents to see if they have
any official documentation for you. 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 may also have the
What is a MMR?
A MMR is a measles, mumps and rubella
Should I send my immunization records
together with the rest of my application packet or
should they be sent directly to Student Health
To avoid delays, please mail, fax, or drop off
your immunization records
I am faxing my immunization records. Do I
still need to mail the original?
No, a legible faxed copy of your shot
records and immunization form is enough. However, it
is a good idea to call after you fax to confirm that
the information was received and that it is
I have been a previous student at FAU. Do you
still have my immunization records on file?
Public universities in Florida are
required to keep records for seven years from the
time they were submitted. If it has been more than
seven years, you may check with us to see if we still
have them and if they meet the current
Is this just a Florida Atlantic University
No, all 11 public 4-year universities
in Florida must abide by these requirements.
I have attended another state university; do
I still have to show proof of immunization when the
requirements are the same?
Each university stores the
immunization data differently and these systems are
not linked together. Also, the requirement states
that each university must have a copy of every
student's immunization record on file.
I heard that I can waive some shots. Is that
Students have the option of either
waiving or providing shot records for
However, every student born after 1956 needs
to provide shot records for
questions below for exceptions.
What if I have a medical reason for not
getting the vaccinations?
A medical exemption can be submitted
by the attending physician and it must include the
medical reason for the exemption.
I may be pregnant or I am currently pregnant
and nursing. What can I do if I don't have my
You may submit a dated letter from you
physician stating your situation. Another option
would be to have your blood tested for immunity to
measles and rubella (results must be positive).
Pregnant women are routinely tested for rubella, so
you could get a copy of that from your OB/GYN. Keep
in mind that either way, you still need to fill out
an FAU immunization form.
What can I do if my religious convictions
prohibit me from getting vaccinated?
You may submit a Religious Exemption
From Immunization Form. This form will exempt you
from the required immunizations.
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 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
would be acceptable. However, if these tests came
back negative, then you would have to show proof of
I recall having had measles and/or rubella.
Doesn't that prove that I am immune?
According to the immunization
requirements for attending a Florida public
university, having had
(German Measles) is NOT sufficient proof of immunity.
You may have a blood test to show that you
have antibodies in your system against this disease.
However, we CAN accept a doctor’s letter
stating that you have had the disease of
measles on a
certain date, to show immunity to this
I was in the military; doesn't this prove
that I have had all of my immunizations?
No. While most people in the military
have received many immunizations, the requirement
states that we must have the actual immunization
dates on file.
Veterans Affairs is usually a good source for
getting a copy of your shot records, however, it may
take some time before they can get them to you.
If you do not have a copy of your military
immunization records, you may want to take this time
factor under consideration when registering for
I am over 40 years old; do I still need to
complete the Immunization Form?
Yes, all students must complete the
Immunization Form. Also, if you were born after 1956,
you must show proof of immunity to both measles and
If I was born before 1957, why do I still
need to fill out this form?
The requirement states that we must
have a signed immunization form on file for every
student who attends FAU. The part you need to sign
states that you understand the immunization
requirements and also that FAU provides primary
I had my first shot before my first birthday,
why would this be unacceptable?
Immunizations given prior to your
first birthday may be ineffective because your immune
system is not fully developed. The CDC (Center for
Disease Control) recommends that the measles and
rubella immunizations be given after you are one year
My parents kept a "baby book" with the dates
of my vaccines. Is that official enough?
In order for it to be official, it
needs to have a doctor's signature and/or
What if my doctor doesn't have an office
You may attach your doctor's business
card or have him/her write your immunization dates on
I am not a student at FAU yet. Can I use your
clinic to get the shots or have a titer?
Yes. Prospective students may use our
clinic to receive MMRs, hepatitis B and meningitis
vaccines, as well as titers for measles, rubella and
For more information or to schedule an
appointment, please call 561.799.8678.