My daughter started as a freshman in College this fall in Georgia, she has not been vaccinated since
she was two years old, prior to that receiving all scheduled shots. We got religious and stopped
vaccinating at that time. She has had a religious exemption all through grade, middle and high school
and I sent her off to college with a religious exemption. She is interested in pre-med and believes she
has to get vaccines to go to med school. I told her we would look into it and she went ahead and
got a vaccine while being treated for a sore throat at the health center. She is eighteen.
Within two weeks she received an email, explaining she had to be current on her vaccines
to register for spring semester. This is the first place I've looked. What is the policy for
getting vaccinated as an adult, and if you have had some shots? I am concerned that she might get overvaccinated,
Can they hold up her registration? Any one have any experience with this? Thanks
I think that it depends partly on whether it is a private or public school. But she will face a lot of difficulties in the medical profession with this if she is trying not to get them. That does not mean it would be impossible to avoid them, though. If you are wanting to get them, but slowly, then you should be able to do so.
Thanks she is at a public school.
Sorry this has started the year off in a difficult way. I would think the college would post somewhere what their vaccine rules are. And how you exempt from them. You might be able to find out from the registration office or even the health center.
From my personal experience:
Attendance at a public university is covered by a religious exemption, however staying in on campus housing is not. Usually the housing department has their requirements for vaccinations. In addition, all medical related programs have requirements for immunizations that are not flexible (as many of them are the requirements of the hospitals the clinicals take place in). Most require Hepatitis B, varicella (or a titer to prove immunity) MMR, and TDaP.
The vaxes she had before age 2 will be counted, so you need to get her records. However, I would ask what vaxes are required before I started getting shots.
Thank you, I am relieved to be getting ideas.-Deborah