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 ass
ociated 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
If after reading the facts about Meningitis and Hepatitis B you
decline to receive these vaccines download and sign the waiver
found 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.