Important Information For Students & Families

  • Alcohol and other drugs are not the path to college success. See why:

    • Bring the following essential items and information to college with you:
      1. Prescribed medications that you take regularly
      2. Knowledge of your significant past medical history, including significant allergies
      3. Knowledge of significant past medical history of close blood relatives
      4. Name, address, and phone number of personal physician and medical specialists
      5. Health insurance status: company name, phone # and coverage (plus a current insurance card) Insurance is not required to use the Student Health Center but is recommended for care beyond the SHC's scope or hours.
      6. First aid and self care supplies
    • Chronic Care: Students with significant chronic medical conditions should remain under the care of their off-campus treating physician &/or specialist for the ongoing management of these conditions. The Student Health Center (SHC) can work with the off-campus physician on an interim basis as needed, but primary responsibility for management of complex chronic conditions is beyond the SHC's scope.
    • Confidentiality & Privacy: Student Health Center medical information is held as confidential in accordance with state and federal law. Medical information is not released to parents or others without the consent of the student. Click here for details.
    • Get required immunizations and strongly consider recommended immunizations.
    • Meningitis: Read SSU's Meningococcal Disease Prevention handout and see information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about meningococcal disease on college campuses
    • Methicillin Resistant Staph Infection (MRSA) prevention & treatment.
    • Sexual Assault Resources at SSU Physical contact of a sexual nature without consent is inappropriate and illegal, regardless of the relationship status of the individuals or the perceptions of the perpetrator. An individual who is being coerced or who is under the influence of alcohol or other judgment impairing substances cannot give legal consent.
    • Treatment of Minors: Parents or legal guardians should send a signed consent for medical treatment to the SHC if their student is under 18. Click here to download a pdf of this form.
    • Tuberculosis Testing: Students at risk of exposure to TB (e.g. born, lived, or traveled from risk areas outside of the U.S.; working or living in a health care setting, homeless shelter, disadvantaged inner city area, HIV infected and/or exposed to individuals with TB) should have a TB test prior to or soon after arriving at SSU. TB screening and testing (by skin test or blood test) is available at the SHC as medically indicated or as required for international students or participation in certain academic programs.

Strongly Recommended Immunizations

Vaccine preventable diseases can interrupt an unimmunized student's academic progress, impact his/her overall health, and result in the spread of illness to others. The sooner an individual is immunized, the sooner he/she receives protection from getting sick and from spreading preventable infection to other people. Students should get required immunizations before coming to campus (as this is a pre-enrollment requirement) though they may get most required and recommended vaccines at the Student Health Center (for the SHC's vaccine acquisition cost). Uninsured students under age 19 may be eligible for additional reductions through federal vaccine subsidies. Students who have not received the following strongly recommended immunizations can get them at the SSU Student Health Center for a fee that covers the SHC's cost to purchase the vaccine.

  • Chicken Pox Vaccine (Varicella): Students who have not had medically verified Chicken Pox should receive two separate doses of Varicella Vaccine. One dose is not sufficient to fully protect against Chickenpox.
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine: Recommended for those living in high risk areas or anticipating foreign travel.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine: Required of all students who were under 19 at the time they first enrolled at SSU. Strongly recommend for all college students & for foreign travel.
  • Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine (HPV): Recommended for women up to age 26 and men up to age 21. Protects against 70% of major types of human papilloma virus that cause genital cancers and 90% of types that cause genital warts.
  • Influenza Vaccine: Recommended for everyone over 6 months of age to reduce their risk of becoming ill with influenza, experiencing influenza related complications or spreading infection to others.
  • Meningococcal Vaccine: College students, especially those in group living circumstances or who engage in activities that may adversely affect their resistance to infection, are 3 to 4 times more likely than the general population to become ill with a life threatening meningococcal infection. Meningococcal vaccine is 85% effective against certain serotypes of these bacteria. At least one dose after 16 years of age is strongly recommended for college students in their 20's or younger & for some travel locations.
  • MMR Vaccine: Required of all SSU students born after 12/31/56. Strongly recommended for anyone who is not immune to Rubeola, Rubella & Mumps.
  • Polio Vaccine: Primary series with a booster often recommended in conjunction with foreign travel.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Vaccine: Completion of an initial childhood (or later) DPT or DTaP series and a Td or Tdap booster within the last 10 years. Since immunity to pertussis (whooping cough) is not permanent and because cases of pertussis are increasing, anyone who has not had a verifiable dose should do so now even if they had a recent Td booster.
  • Travel Immunizations: The above vaccines plus others such as Typhoid are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for individuals traveling to certain parts of the world. Those anticipating such travel may make a Travel medicine appointment with the Student Health Center Nurse Practitioner well in advance of travel to ensure adequate timing for the administration of all indicated vaccines.