Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook 25 − one dose of the MMR vaccine on or after the first birthday, the second dose must be at least 30 days after the first, and both must be in 1968 or later • Influenza Vaccine − Exemptions or waivers may be obtained at the university’s discretion if the individual is 18 years of age or older, or the individual’s parent, if the individual is a minor, declines the vaccinations by signing a separate waiver provided by the institution for each of these vaccines, acknowledging receipt and review of the information provided. Exemptions will not necessarily be accepted by the student’s program center. Other students may be subject to the immunization requirements in order to participate in clinical or practicum studies. Students are advised to consult with their program to determine whether the refusal will affect their ability to continue their studies. Immunization requirements are based on Florida state health regulations. Valid exemptions from providing immunity include the following: • Medical exemptions—Must produce a signed letter from a doctor, on the doctor’s stationery, stating the reason for exemption and whether it is a temporary or permanent exemption. • Religious exemptions—On church stationery, signed by a minister, priest, rabbi, or head of church. Acceptable forms of documentation—The following documents are acceptable proof of immunity of measles and rubella. Forms must include specific dates, and the dates must satisfy the requirements stated previously. • HRS (Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services) • childhood immunization records • school immunization records • military service records • document(s) indicating blood tests Communicable Diseases Guidelines It is the intent of the university to protect students from communicable diseases that pose reasonable risk of harm to members of the university community. It is also the intent of the university to protect the rights of those infected with a communicable disease. Students who do become infected with a communicable disease must report the contracting of the disease to their program dean and the associate dean of Student Affairs, and are subject to the guidelines listed below. The university will be flexible in its response to incidents of communicable diseases, evaluating each occurrence in light of this policy and current available medical information. • NSU will make available to the university community detailed information concerning the transmissibility of communicable diseases and precautions that can be taken to prevent the spread of various communicable diseases. • Infected students can continue to study and work as long as they are able to continue to perform regular responsibilities satisfactorily, and as long as the best available medical evidence indicates that their continual status does not present a health or safety threat to themselves or others.