We know you’re bombarded with a lot of information in a small amount of time during orientation and it’s hard to retain it all. So we thought we’d put the highlights here on the blog so that you can refer to them when you’re not so swamped. Feel free to stop in or call if you have any questions.
We reviewed how insurance works at the Student Health Center in a previous post but before arriving on campus you should learn the basics – in-network vs. out-of-network, how co-pays work, etc. – and be sure to bring your insurance ID card with you to school.
If you are not on the Student Health Insurance Plan, you should definitely consider purchasing the WilceCare Supplement. For only $187 for the entire academic year, it supplements the health insurance that you already have by providing prepaid coverage for medical care delivered at the Student Health Center. Routine x-rays, laboratory tests, physical therapy, minor office procedures, prescribed medical supplies, office visits for illness and injury and prescriptions are all covered.
We are under strict rules to keep all of your medical information confidential and we take those rules very seriously. You’ll need to sign an authorization form for us to release your health information to anyone, including your parents. An authorization form can only be completed for health services that have already been rendered which means that we can’t honor any requests like, “you can just let my Mom have access to my records for as long as I’m at Ohio State.”
There are no immunization requirements for most students entering Ohio State. However, there are some program-specific requirements (for instance, health professional schools like medicine and nursing may require you to get certain immunizations) so be sure to check with your program coordinator.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following immunizations for all college students: Meningococcal Meningitis for students living in the dorm, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR, Polio, Varicella (Chickenpox), Tetanus-Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Hepatitis A, Influenza, and Pneumococcal vaccines are recommended for students with specific health risk factors.
All of these immunizations are available at the Student Health Center if you aren’t able to get them before you start school. If you can get a copy of your Immunization records, that would be really helpful and keep you from getting immunizations you don’t need.
You can get your allergy shots at the Student Health Center while you’re here for school. You need to submit the required paperwork prior to scheduling an appointment. You can bring the allergen vials to the health center yourself or have them mailed to our facility. We will store them for you and we can release them back to you as needed for injections during times away from the university.
You can transfer a prescription from home to our pharmacy. All you need is the prescription number and the name/phone number of the original pharmacy – all of which are on the package label. Our pharmacy is contracted with many insurance companies but not all. You can stop by or call 614-292-0125 to find out if we can bill your specific insurance.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and welcome to Ohio State!