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As you get ready to come to campus, your to-do list may seem endless. You'll need to take care of some health-related tasks before you arrive. Don't worry, we are here to help if you need us.

Things to Do before Coming to Campus

Obtain your immunization records
Meet the meningitis vaccine requirement
Get the recommended immunizations
International students: satisfy additional requirements
Acknowledge the "Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis" statement online
Ask about your personal and family medical history
Learn about health insurance
Complete your new patient forms online
Find out about on-campus healthcare and services
Stock a "medicine cabinet" for your room or apartment
Arrange for your prescriptions to be available to you while you are in Austin
Put important numbers in your phone

Obtain your immunization records

Hint - look for your immunization records in these locations:
  • The doctor's office or public health clinic where you got your shots
  • Your family records, such as a baby book
  • At your high school
  • ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization Registry
  • A college or university you attended before, if they had immunization requirements

Institutions where your 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

Click here for all the details.

Get the 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 to UT, you can make an appointment at University Health Services to get any required or recommended immunizations or medical tests. Charges will apply. For information on each vaccine, go to: Immunization Information.

Acknowledge the "Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis" statement online

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

Ask about your personal and family medical history

When you are over 18, you'll be responsible for consenting to your own medical care and providing necessary information to your healthcare providers. Ask your parents:
  • What medications do I take and why?
  • Am I allergic to any medications or to latex?
  • Have I had any significant illnesses, injuries, or surgeries?
  • What chronic illnesses run in my family?

Learn about health insurance

If you are on your parent's health insurance plan, get your own copies of your medical and prescription drug insurance card(s) to bring to Austin. Have your parent give you a tutorial about what your insurance covers and how it works. Be sure to ask about the difference between "in-network" and "out-of-network" care and any pre-authorization requirements. Knowing about these things can save you a lot of time and money.

If you don't have insurance, consider getting it.

UT Austin students are not required to have health insurance. However, healthcare can be extremely expensive, especially if you need to see a specialist like a dermatologist or experience a medical emergency. We encourage you to have health insurance so that medical expenses do not disrupt your studies.

Stay on or join your parent's insurance plan if you can. If you can't, consider getting the Student Health Insurance Plan, an affordable health, dental, and vision plan approved by the UT System.

Complete your new patient forms online

While you are looking into your medical history and insurance, log on to MyUHS and complete the new patient forms. Taking care of this now will save you time and hassle when you schedule and check in for appointments. Have a parent or family member help you with your personal and family medical history.

Find out about on-campus healthcare and services

University Health Services provides the highest quality care in a supportive environment that focuses on the needs of college students. You can expect everything from UHS that you get from your family doctor... and more. Charges apply, but we are in-network with many health insurance plans and offer a discounted rate for uninsured students, students who are covered by Medicaid or Medicare, students who are underinsured, or students who choose not use their insurance.*

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

*Students choosing not to use their insurance are required to notify the Cashier/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
  • 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)
  • Antibacterial cleanser to clean wounds

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 prescriptions to be available to you while you are in Austin

If you take prescription medications regularly, make a plan for getting them while you're in Austin. For convenience, consider transferring your prescriptions to the Forty Acres Pharmacy. (SSB 1.110), which is operated by the UT College of Pharmacy. It is located on campus and accepts most prescription drug insurance plans. If you need to renew a prescription while you are a student, you can schedule an appointment at UHS.

Put these important numbers in your phone

  • 512-475-6877 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line: Students can call the free UHS 24-hour 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 24-Hour Telephone Counseling: Students can call the free CMHC 24-hour Telephone Counseling anytime 24/7/365 to speak confidentially with a trained counselor.
  • 512-471-3515 UT Counseling & Mental Health Center Appointments & Information
  • 512-471-1824 Forty Acres 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.