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Health Issues for New College Students

While enrolled, students can receive high quality, comprehensive primary health care services at the UW Student Health Service (SHS). The SHS functions similar to your family doctor's office, with four physicians, a nurse practitioner and physician assistant, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, nurses, and pharmacists who will evaluate and treat students. A wide range of health care concerns  are seen, such as acute illnesses and injuries, chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes, preventive care such as physical exams for work and travel abroad.

SHS offers a full range of women's and men's health care. There is a full-service pharmacy and laboratory. To assist us in knowing about the health of your student prior to coming to campus, we request completion of the Student Immunization Form, which you will receive and can be returned by mail or fax.

Immunizations can prevent infections that could interfere with a student's ability to complete his or her course of study. The University of Wyoming requires two MMR immunizations to prevent an outbreak of measles, mumps, and rubella on campus. Meningococcal meningitis immunization is recommended for college students, especially freshman who live in the residence halls, to protect against this potentially fatal infection.

Influenza strikes each winter, and a yearly flu shot or nasal spray immunization can be protective. Other immunizations to be considered include Hepatitis A and B, tetanus or TdaP booster, and varicella. These immunizations are available at the Student Health Service. The campus has seen cases of pertussis and mumps in the past few years so immunizations are important for protection. The Student Health Service sponsors flu immunization clinics each fall. 

Medical insurance is important to cover hospitalizations and services not available at the Student Health Service. UW sponsors a Student Medical Insurance plan in which students can enroll each semester. Enrollment in the UW plan is not required to use the Student Health Service.

The mandatory semester Student Health fee covers visits to staff clinicians and nurses; and the affordable charges for lab tests, injections, medications and other services can be billed to your student's account. SHS provides a billing statement for filing with insurance providers.

At age 18, freshman are considered adults and can make medical decisions and consent to treatment. Their medical information is confidential. The clinicians of the SHS are willing to talk with you about your student's health issues, but will need a signed release form from your student. We encourage students to consult with their parents on significant health problems.

Effective fall semester 2012, a No Show Fee of $25.00 is charged to any student who has an appointment with the Student Health Service and does not keep the appointment or cancel the appointment 24 hours prior to the appointment. The $25.00 will be charged to the student's UW account.  Students will be informed of this charge each time they make an appointment.

We are here to assist in maintaining the health and wellness of your student during the school year!


Student being examined by a doctor.

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