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Health issues may not be 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.  We are here to help you be well. Get introduced to our convenient services in this short video!

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) no earlier than 1st birthday
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or waiver to decline
  • Meningitis 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. Visit the Immunizations page for more information. 

View this video for more information about immunizations.

Health Insurance
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! If you are required to carry medical insurance to register for classes, you can enroll in the USF Student Medical Insurance Plan that provides worldwide coverage. More information on these student populations by clicking here. If you are not required to carry health insurance, click here for additional coverage options.

While you do not need medical insurance to utilize the services at Student Health Services, having coverage is a really good idea as you just can't predict a medical emergency.

Storing Medication
If you are living in the residence halls and on a maintenance medication and you have questions about safely storing it, please view this video.

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)

 Are you a fan of Jilly Bug from Housing LIVE? Remember this episode when she got sick?