Immunizations

Dear Student:

In 2003 the Florida Legislature passed Florida Statute 1006.69 mandating vaccination against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B for every student residing in on-campus housing at any postsecondary educational institution or sign a waiver after being made aware of detailed information concerning the risks associated with the diseases. Saint Leo University requires all students attending the Florida campus to complete and turn in the Immunization Form to the Health and Wellness Center prior to matriculation. On campus residential students as well as commuter students must submit a completed form with a physician's signature or an official vaccination record with stamp.

College students have been found to be at an increased risk for meningitis (a deadly brain infection) in part due to the close living conditions. The bacteria are spread by respiratory secretions and direct contact with an infected person. Individuals with compromised immune system, certain health conditions and pregnant women should not take the meningococcal meningitis vaccine. Please read more at the site below.

The Hepatitis B Vaccine is given in a series of 3 shots, most commonly given over a period of six months. This vaccine is considered one of the safest vaccines ever developed. It is not a live virus, so there is no chance of contracting hepatitis from the vaccine. Among the possible side effects are mild arm soreness and fatigue, headache, or fever.

Pregnant women and students who are ill should not receive the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Official documentation for these vaccines must be on file at the Student Health Center. Check with your family physician or local health department about receiving your vaccinations. All students must be compliant by fall 2009 semester. Failure to comply will result in a registration "hold" that may interfere with class selection.

If after reading the facts about Meningitis and Hepatitis B you decline to receive these vaccines download and sign the waiverfound on the right side of the Immunization Form and return it to the Saint Leo Health and Wellness Center in DeChantal Hall or fax direct to 352-588-8305.

Immunization form download here: Student immunization form, Instructions

Meningitis Vaccine Information Sheet

Hepatitis Vaccine Information Sheet

Terry Dadez
Health & Wellness Center Director
terry.dadez@saintleo.edu