UF Student Health Care Center to offer vaccines


Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11:45 p.m.
Incoming University of Florida students must complete an immunization health history form, available online, to register for classes.
The vaccines are available during the summer and freshmen preview at the Student Health Care Center on Fletcher Drive next to the Florida Gym. They cost $50 to $115 depending on the vaccine. International students and those entering the health profession must have a PPD skin test for tuberculosis.
Details regarding medical (such as allergies, pregnancy or other conditions) and religious exemptions are available online at http://shcc.ufl.edu/medical/immune.shtml.
"A lot of people don't think the benefits outweigh the risks," said Diane Pecora, a registered nurse specialist, about immunizations. "But if we can prevent one person from getting measles, rubella, hep B or bacterial meningitis we've done our job."
Across town at Santa Fe Community College, Vice President for Student Affairs Portia Taylor said there are no immunization requirements connected to general admittance.
"We're an open access institution, and that would probably be a barrier to some students," she said.
She added that some specific areas of study, such as SFCC's health-care programs, require immunizations because students will be working in clinical situations.

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