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University Health Service (UHS)

News from UHS (Updated February 22, 2017)


Flu Shots Available at UHS
Flu season has arrived. If you missed getting a flu shot, now is the time to get a flu shot. It is not too late. Call UHS at 585-275-2662 to schedule an appointment. At this time when colds, flu, stomach bugs, and other illnesses are around, please remember to wash your hands with soap and water often, and especially after using the bathroom. We can all do our part to reduce the spread of germs. For more information about handwashing to protect yourself from getting sick, check the CDC web site.

UR Health Matters! National College Health Assessment
Your health matters! Take the National College Health Assessment and let your voice be heard. On Thursday, February 9, undergraduate students will receive an email with a personal invitation to complete the National College Health Assessment. The e-mail will provide a direct link to the survey. Results from this survey will help UHS better understand student health needs and will be used to develop new student wellness programming. The survey can be completed on any computer, mobile device, or tablet. Responses are confidential and voluntary. For more information, click here.

Feeling the Winter Blahs? It's Time to Feel Fabulous In February!
Throughout the month of February the UHS Health Promotion Office brings you a fun line-up of programs and events, all designed to help you beat the winter blahs. Join us for a Stress Less Fair, Zen Meditation in the Interfaith Chapel, fitness classes in GAC, game nights, guest speakers, and health screenings. All of our program announcements and details will be on the Feel Fabulous in February Facebook group. Join the group and you won't miss a thing!

Feel Fabulous in FebruaryCalendar of Events (PDF)

HPV Vaccine Available at UHS
UHS offers the HPV vaccine, which prevents certain cancers caused by HPV. The vaccine, which is given in three doses, is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for men and women age 26 or younger. Aetna Student Health covers the full cost of the vaccine. If you are on another insurance plan, check with your plan about coverage before receiving the HPV vaccine. Call (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment for the vaccine. If you have questions about the vaccine, call UHS at (585) 275-1160 to speak with a nurse.

HPV Vaccine Clinics – Friday, March 3 and Friday, April 7
UHS will be holding HPV Vaccine Clinics on Friday, March 3 and Friday, April 7 from 1:30-4:30 in Room 220 in the UHS Building. The clinics offer the perfect opportunity to receive the HPV vaccine. The clinic is on a first come, first served basis. Aetna Student Health covers the cost of the vaccine. If you are on another insurance plan, check with your insurance company to verify coverage before coming to the clinic. HPV vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine that protects people from most cancers caused by HPV. For more information about HPV vaccine, check the CDC website.

Online Insurance Process site is closed.
The Winter Enrollment Period for the Online Insurance Process has now ended. If you have questions, please write to the UHS Insurance Advisors at

Paws for Stress Relief – 4th Monday of every month
The UHS Health Promotion Office and Active Minds are holding one of their favorite programs programs, "Paws for Stress Relief," on the 4th Monday of every month. Come to the Goergen Athletic Center between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. Stay as long as you would like. The dogs are sure to help you relax and reduce your stress. Mark your calendars for February 27, March 27, and April 24. The dogs will also be here on Monday, May 1 to provide stress relief during finals.

Student Health 101, an Online Health and Wellness Magazine for Students
Student Health 101 is a free monthly e-magazine covering a variety of college health topics including stress, sleep, nutrition, alcohol, sexual health, colds, and more. Student Health 101 is brought to you by the UHS Health Promotion Office. Each month, you will find new health topics of interest. Click here to view this month's issue of Student Health 101! In addition to the online magazine, the Stall Street Journal will be posted in bathroom stalls throughout campus.

UR Student Health Advisory Committee
Interested in Student Health? The UR Student Health Advisory Committee (URSHAC) is meeting on Wednesday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 220 in the UHS Building. All students are welcome. The committee works on projects, offers suggestions, and shares their perspectives on health topics/issues with the UHS Director. For more information, check our URSHAC page on this web site or contact the URSHAC co-chairs, Krystalyn Martin at and Zaira Lujan at

Health Insurance for Graduating Students
Graduating students on their parent's insurance plan can usually continue until age 26. Graduates who are enrolled on the University-sponsored student health insurance plan automatically continue that coverage through July 31 (December 31 if graduating in December). Ending student coverage as a result of graduation is a "qualifying life event" that allows enrollment in another plan effective August 1. It is generally best to find a plan that has a network of providers where you will be living or one that offers nation-wide coverage. Go to for further information.

Requesting Your Immunization Record
If you need documentation of your immunizations for graduate school, a job, or another reason, UHS can help you by providing you with a list of immunizations that are documented in the UHS database. To request your immunization record, e-mail Put "Immunization Record Request" in the subject line. Include your name, birth date, your years at the University, your student ID (if you know it), and your mailing address or fax number. Requests are usually processed in 3-5 business days.

Questions about Health Insurance
If you have questions about health insurance for full-time students and their spouses and dependents, write to the UHS Insurance Advisors at for assistance. Please include your student ID in your message. For information about health insurance, check "Health Insurance for Full-time Students" on the UHS web site.

Questions about Aetna Student Health – Numbers to Call
If you are enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Plan and have questions about your benefits, the services not covered, your ID card, the pharmacy benefit, enrolling or waiving, or other concerns, we can help you decide which number to call. Check the list of phone numbers for help. Check the Aetna Student Health web site for more information about the insurance plan.

Helpful Sites/Links

For more information, contact Linda Dudman in the UHS Health Promotion Office at (585) 273-5770 or