Nov 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Student Handbook 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Student Handbook

Student Health Services



The Florida Polytechnic University Health Clinic provides students with the highest quality care for physical and medical concerns. The Health Clinic, located in the Wellness Center, focuses on providing holistic-oriented health care. This includes initial diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses, and appropriate follow-up for most short-term illnesses. Our providers are experienced in treating common medical problems seen on college campuses and are advocates of a wellness approach to health care, which empowers patients to become partners in managing their health needs through education and knowledge. The Health Clinic has medical forms, including physical exam forms, which need to be completed when students register at the University.

You may also email us at healthservices@floridapoly.edu and on our web page.

Immunization Information

Prior to registration, each applicant accepted for admission must submit appropriate medical documentation including documentation of appropriate immunizations required by the University. Students are emailed the forms at the time of enrollment. Forms also can be obtained in the Health Clinic and should be submitted to immunizations@floridapoly.edu

Exceptions may be granted pursuant to University policies. The University reserves the right to refuse registration to any applicant whose health record or report of medical examination indicates the existence of a condition that may be harmful to members of the University community.

The following immunizations are required:

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine - Students wishing to decline this vaccine must read the information about Hepatitis B, then check and sign where indicated on the Mandatory Immunization Health History Form. Signing the waiver indicates you understand the possible risk in not receiving this vaccine. If you are under the age of 18 and wish to decline this vaccine, a parent must sign on your behalf
  • Tuberculosis Screening - A Tuberculosis Skin Test by PPD or Mantoux (within the last year) or chest X-ray is required. NOTE: If both PPD and MMR are given, they must be given on the same day for a PPD to be accurate or given 30 days apart. PPDs must be read between 48-72 hours of administration. The result must be listed in “mm” and indicate whether negative or positive. If you have a chest X-ray, submit a copy of the laboratory report. All persons with a positive skin test must have a chest X-ray.
  • Td (Tetanus)/Diphtheria or/and Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) -Shot has to be a series of three spaced injections within 10 years, or a booster within the past 10 years. For further vaccine information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website.
  • Menactra/MCV4 (Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine) - Required for all students. Students will not be assigned a Florida Polytechnic University residence hall room until proof of this vaccination is received by the University. The most recent dose must have been received after 16th birthday. Students not living on campus who decline this vaccine must read the information about Menactra/Meningococcal Meningitis to understand the possible risk in not receiving this vaccine, then check and sign where indicated on the Mandatory Immunization Health History Form. Signing the waiver indicates you understand the possible risk in not receiving this vaccine. If you are under the age of 18 and wish to decline this vaccine, a parent must sign on your behalf.

The following immunizations is recommended:

  • MMR Vaccine - Recommended for students born after Dec. 31, 1956. This combination vaccine often is given as protection from measles, mumps and rubella. Two doses are recommended for entry into Florida Polytechnic University. The first dose must have been received after the first birthday. The second dose must have been received at least 28 days after the first dose.

Pursuant to Board of Governors regulation 6.0007, all students must provide documentation of vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B or provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. All students 18 years of age or older who choose not to be vaccinated against either Meningococcal Meningitis or Hepatitis B must sign a statement that they have been made aware of the potential fatal nature of the diseases and choose not to be vaccinated. All students under 18 years of age must provide signed parental consent to opt out of vaccination from either of these diseases. These forms may be found on our website or at the Health Clinic located in the Wellness Center.

HIV/AIDS Information

Students and employees of Florida Polytechnic University who may become infected with the HIV virus will not be excluded from enrollment or employment, or restricted in their access to University services or facilities, unless individual medical evaluation establishes that such exclusion or restrictions are necessary for the welfare of the individual and/or other members of the University community. Florida Polytechnic University has established an HIV/AIDS Committee with membership, including Florida Polytechnic University students, faculty, administrators and staff, as well as representatives from several community organizations committed to HIV/ AIDS education and treatment. The committee meets as needed and is responsible for monitoring the medical, psychosocial and administrative developments regarding HIV/AIDS for the Florida Polytechnic University community. Additional responsibilities include administration and implementation of the Florida Polytechnic University policy in specific cases and coordination of all University educational activities emphasizing proactive prevention. In addition, the Committee will meet as needed to consider individual cases that may require University action.

Definitions

For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:

  • HIV refers to: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • AIDS refers to: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

An individual infected with HIV is one who:

Is shown by appropriate testing to have antibodies to HIV or its antigens in blood fluids or tissues AND has either of the following:

A) An identified opportunistic infection [OR]

B) A T4 lymphocyte (a type of blood cell) count of less than 200 per micro liter of blood.

For more information visit aids.gov.

 

Health Service Contact(s):

Health Services

Florida Polytechnic University 4700 Research Way

Lakeland, FL 33805-8531

863-874-8650

healthservices@floridapoly.edu

 

Lakeland area resources for people with HIV/AIDS:

Florida Department of Health Polk County Health Clinic

3241 Lakeland Hills

Boulevard Lakeland, FL

863-413-2620

 

Talbot House Ministries Good Samaritan Free Clinic

814 N Kentucky Ave

Lakeland, FL 33801 863-687-8475

 

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

2250 E Edgewood Dr.

Lakeland, FL 33803

863-665-5735