Health issues may not your first concern as you make the transition to USF but there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind as you arrive on campus.
USF requires students to submit a signed Medical History form and present immunization records (or signed waivers) for the following:
- 2 measles and rubella (or MMR)
- Meningitis vaccination
- Living on-campus: proof of vaccination is required
- Living off-campus: must provide proof of vaccination or signed waiver to decline
- Hepatitis B vaccination or waiver to decline
- Without showing proof of the required immunizations or signing the acceptable waivers, you will not be able to register for classes. Residential students will not receive a housing assignment without showing proof of meningitis immunization. Visit the Immunizations page for more information.
If you have health insurance coverage, be sure to bring your insurance card to campus. It is a good idea to become familiar with your plan and know the details of your coverage before you need to access health care.
If you do not have coverage but are interested in signing up for a health insurance plan, we fully support that choice! You can enroll in the USF Student Medical Insurance Plan that provides worldwide coverage. While you do not need medical insurance to utilize the services at SHS, having coverage is a really good idea as you just can't predict a medical emergency.
There is a pharmacy located on the first floor of the Marshall Student Center where you can fill your prescriptions and buy toiletries. If you have prescriptions filled at another pharmacy, you can have them transferred to the pharmacy right here on campus.
Stock Your Medicine Cabinet
A well-stocked medicine cabinet can save you from having to go to the pharmacy when you don't feel up to going out. Also, when you speak with our after-hours Nurse Advice Line, the nurse may refer to one or more of the following medical supplies or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, which are good to keep on-hand and can be bought at Bulls Country Pharmacy.
General Medical Supplies
- Band-aids, for small wounds and blisters
- Gauze and tape, for larger wounds
- Ace wrap, for minor sprains
- Ice pack
- Heating pad
- Digital thermometer
- Antibacterial soap, to clean wounds
OTC Medications (brand name examples)
- Antacid (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta)
- Acid reducer (Zantac, Pepcid)
- Anti-diarrhea medication (Imodium AD, Kaopectate)
- Fever and pain reducer containing acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- Decongestant (Sudafed-PE)
- Antihistamine (Benadryl, Tavist, Claritin)
- Cough suppressant (Robitussin)
- Antibacterial cream (Bacitracin, Neosporin)
- Anti-inflammatory cream (Cortaid)