Suggested College First Aid Items
Be prepared for minor health illnesses and emergencies by packing a supply of over the counter medicines (otc) and first aid items that can be safely used. Check with your doctor if you have a chronic health condition and/or are on prescription medicines. Buy generic products for best cost savings.
Health History and Immunizations Requirements
Flu shots are strongly recommended for all students, staff, faculty prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year in order to improve student safety and reduce influenza respiratory illness during the COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Mild “flu-like” symptoms may occur for several days after vaccination which indicates your immune system is making antibodies to protect you(No influenza infection occurs from non-live virus flu shots).
Norfolk State University complies with the code of Virginia (23-7.5, shown below) which requires all full-time students to provide documentation of health history and immunizations.
23-7.5. Health histories required; immunizations.
A. No full-time student shall be enrolled for the first time in any four-year, public institution of higher education in this Commonwealth unless he has furnished, before the beginning of the second semester or quarter of enrollment, a health history consistent with guidelines adopted by each institution’s board of visitors, pursuant to the requirements of this section. Any student who fails to furnish the history will not be eligible for registration for the second semester or quarter. Any student who objects on religious grounds shall be exempt from the health history requirement set forth in this section.
B. The health history shall include documented evidence, provided by a licensed health professional or health facility, of the diseases for which the student has been immunized, the numbers of doses given, the dates when administered and any further immunizations indicated. Prior to enrollment, all students shall be immunized by vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella), and mumps according to the guidelines of the American College Health Association.
C. In addition to the immunization requirements set forth in subsection B, all incoming full-time students, prior to enrollment in any public four-year institution of higher education, shall be vaccinated against (i) meningococcal disease and (ii) hepatitis B. However, if the institution of higher education provides the student or, if the student is a minor, the student’s parent or other legal representative, detailed information on the risks associated with meningococcal disease and hepatitis B and on the availability and effectiveness of any vaccine, the student or, if the student is a minor, the student’s parent or other legal representative may sign a written waiver stating that he has received and reviewed the information on meningococcal disease and hepatitis B and the availability and effectiveness of any vaccine and has chosen not to be or not to have the student vaccinated.
D.Any student shall be exempt from the immunization requirements set forth in this section who (i) objects on the grounds that administration of immunizing agents conflicts with his religious tenets or practices, unless an emergency or epidemic of disease has been declared by the Board of Health, or (ii) presents a statement from a licensed physician which states that his physical condition is such that administration of one or more of the required immunizing agents would be detrimental to his health.
E. The Board and Commissioner of Health shall cooperate with any board of visitors seeking assistance in the implementation of this section.
F. Further, the State Council of Higher Education shall, in cooperation with the Board and Commissioner of Health, encourage private colleges and universities to develop a procedure for providing information about the risks associated with meningococcal disease and hepatitis B and the availability and effectiveness of any vaccine against meningococcal disease and hepatitis B.
(1986, c. 621; 1987, c. 366; 1990, c. 273; 2001, c. 340; 2005, c. 15.)
Student Medical Excuse Letter Policy
As of December 11, 2017 Spartan Health Center will not issue a medical excuse letter for missed academic classes or events or work that occur PRIOR to the date that you are seen in the office. Medical providers will determine if there is a medical necessity to be excused from future activity based on severity of illness. In order to maintain the integrity of the system you must be seen by coming to the clinic Monday through Friday during Walk In hours 8 am to 10 am or schedule an appointment by phone, in the office or by appointment request through the SHC website. Appointment requests through the SHC website can be submitted at any time; staff check the website regularly throughout the workday.
Please DO NOT use email to request appointments or to convey medical information due to confidentiality concerns. Please inform staff at 278-3360 if you encounter any problem utilizing the SHC website appointment request. Any and all notes documenting date of your medical visit must be submitted to the Dean’s office as per NSU Student Handbook instructions.
Due to the high cost of health care, it is strongly recommended that all students be covered by some form of health insurance. This may be as a dependent on a family plan or by purchasing health insurance coverage independent of the University.
The University does not offer an Accident Medical Expense Benefit Plan or a Sickness Medical Expense Benefit Plan for Domestic Students.
International Students are automatically enrolled into the International Students Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan at the time of registration.