UT University Health Services

Things to Do Before Coming to Campus

Obtain your immunization records

If you don't have your immunization records, look in these places:
  • The doctor's office or public health clinic where you got your shots
  • Your family records, such as a baby book
  • Your high school
  • ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization Registry
  • A college or university you've attended, if they had immunization requirements

Institutions where immunization records might be found usually have rules for how long they are kept, so very old records may no longer be available.

Meet the meningitis vaccine requirement

Go here for details on acceptable documentation and how and by when to submit it.

Considering getting recommended immunizations

Students entering UT should consider getting the following vaccines:
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - approved for men and women
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) - 2 doses (required for international students)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

After being admitted,, you can make an appointment at University Health Services to get required or recommended immunizations, TB screening tests or blood tests proving immunity to measles, mumps and/or rubella. - Charges apply. For vaccineinformation, , go to: Immunization Information.

Acknowledge the "Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis" statement online

Texas law requires all new students to read and acknowledge the "Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis" statement online. If you don't do so, you may be barred from registering for classes and accessing University resources. See the link below to read and acknowledge the statement. Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis

Learn about your personal and family medical history

When you are 18, you'll be responsible for consenting to your own medical care and providing necessary information to your healthcare providers. Ask your parents these questions and put the answers in your phone:
  • What medications do I take and why?
  • Am I allergic to any medications, foods or to latex?
  • What significant illnesses, injuries, or surgeries have I had?
  • What chronic illnesses run in my family and who had them? (E.g. your mother's mother, father's mother, father's sister, siblings, etc.)

Learn about your health insurance coverage

Healthcare can be extremely expensive, especially if you need to see a specialist, have a medical emergency or require hospitalization. We encourage you to have health insurance so that medical expenses do not disrupt your studies.

Whether you will remain on your parent's health insurance plan or have your own, bring - copies of your medical and prescription drug insurance card(s) to Austin. Consider comparing coverage and cost of the UT System-selected Student Health Insurance Plan to your current plan to ensure you're getting the most coverage for your money.

If you don't have insurance, consider getting it. The Student Health Insurance Plan is an affordable plan that pays for all covered services obtained at University Health Services at 100%. An optional dental plan is available.

Learn about what your insurance covers,how it works,the difference between "in-network" and "out-of-network" care and any pre-authorization requirements. Knowing these things can save you time and money.

Check to see if your insurance is accepted at UHS and call the Billing and Insurance Office at 512-475-8394 for clarification or questions.

Go here to check

Complete your new patient forms online

Log on to MyUHS and complete your new patient forms. Doing this now will save time when you schedule and check in for appointments. Have a parent or family member help you complete your personal and family medical history.

Find out about on-campus healthcare

All UT students are automatically eligible to use University Health Services. Staff in our fully-accredited facility provide care in a supportive environment that focuses on the needs of college students. Expect everything from UHS that you get from your family doctor... and more.

Charges apply, but we are in-network with most health insurance plans and offer discounted rates for uninsured students, students covered by Medicaid or Medicare, underinsured students, or students who choose not use their insurance.*

UHS employs teams of healthcare providers, including board-certified physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, and certified physician assistants. They are supported by nurses, laboratory and radiological technologists, licensed counselors, registered dietitians and professional health promotion specialists. If you need medical specialty care that UHS doesn't offer, we can refer you to community resources. For more information, visit: UHS Staff. UHS Staff.

*Students choosing not to use their insurance are required to notify the Billing and Insurance Office and pay all charges incurred in full before close of business on the day of service.

Stock a "medicine cabinet" for your room or apartment

Keep some basic supplies on hand so you don't have to go out if you feel sick or experience a minor injury. Consider the following depending on your needs and what you use at home.

First Aid Supplies

  • Bandages for small wounds and blisters
  • Gauze and tape for larger wounds
  • Antibacterial cleanser to clean wound
  • ACE wrap for minor sprains
  • Ice pack
  • Heating pad
  • Digital thermometer
  • Antibacterial cream or ointment like Neosporin
  • Anti-inflammatory cream like Cortaid (for some rashes and bug bites)

Over-the Counter Medications

  • Antihistamine such as Benadryl©, Zyrtec©, Claritin©, Allegra©
  • Antacid such as Tums© or Mylanta©
  • Acid reducer such as Zantac© or Pepcid©
  • Anti-diarrhea medication like Imodium AD©
  • Fever reducer / pain reducer containing acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
  • Nasal decongestant such as Mucinex©, saline spray, or nasal rinse
  • Cough suppressant like Robitussin© or Delsym©

Arrange for your prescription medications to be available to you while you are in Austin

Make a plan for getting your prescription medications while you're in Austin. One option is the on-campus Forty Acres Pharmacy. (SSB 1.110), which is operated by the UT College of Pharmacy. It accepts most prescription drug insurance plans. If you need to renew a prescription, you can schedule an appointment at UHS. Forty Acres Pharmacy.

Plan ahead for special medical needs

If you get allergy shots or require routine lab tests for a particular medical condition, UHS can help. Click below for information.

Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic

UHS Laboratory

If you have any other special health needs, be sure you have a plan in place before you arrive on campus. Call UHS administration at 512-475-8349 if you have questions.

Put these important numbers in your phone

  • 512-475-6877 UHS Nurse Advice Line: Students can call the free UHS UHS Nurse Advice Line anytime 24/7/365 for advice when sick or injured.
  • 911 For medical or other emergencies
  • 512-471-4955 UHS Appointments & Information
  • 512-471-2255 UT 24/7 Counseling and Mental Health Center Crisis Line to speak confidentially with a counselor.
  • 512-471-3515 UT Counseling & Mental Health Center Appointments & Information
  • 512-471-1824 Forty Acres Pharmacy (operated by the College of Pharmacy)

Congratulations on joining the Longhorn family!

We hope you enjoy excellent health during your time on campus. When you need credible health information or caring medical attention, UHS will be here for you.



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