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I am in a post secondary school in Florida. I was told that

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I am in a post secondary school in Florida. I was told that I must receive a Hep B Vaccination or withdraw from school. I am 52 years old and I do not want to do this. Can I legally be dismissed from school? Thank You, Teresa

I do not believe you are required to have the vaccination provided you provide the school with a vaccination waiver provided by the school. There is a specific Florida law dealing with this which is found in Florida Statutes § 1006.69, which provides as follows:

1006.69 Vaccination against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B.

(1) A postsecondary educational institution shall provide detailed information concerning the risks associated with meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B and the availability, effectiveness, and known contraindications of any required or recommended vaccine to every student, or to the student’s parent if the student is a minor, who has been accepted for admission.

(2) An individual enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution who will be residing in on-campus housing shall provide documentation of vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B unless the individual, 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 for each of these vaccines, provided by the institution, acknowledging receipt and review of the information provided (in subdivision 1 above).

So, I would bring this statute to the attention of the school and ask to sign their waiver of vaccination form.

I hope this helps.


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