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As parents, you are a student's primary source of health information, according to a survey of U-M undergraduate students. You can help your student make a healthy transition to college by following these guidelines.
Find out why UHS is one of your student's best campus resources at:
For parents of new students: You can help your student make a healthy transition to college by taking the following steps.
On this page (for parents of new students):
Print, complete and send forms:
Immunizations, health examination and health history:
Update immunizations before your student leaves for college and document them on the UHS Immunization Form. (See link above. UHS also provides immunizations for a fee in the Allergy, Immunization and Travel Health Clinic.
A physical exam is not required by the UM, however athletic teams or clubs may have different requirements; check with team or club to be sure.
Make sure your student knows about his/her health history. If your student has a complex health history:
- Get a summary letter from your student's physician
- Ensure your student knows current medications
- Encourage your student to schedule an introductory appointment with a UHS physician in early Fall and hand-carry the letter to that first visit (don't send it in advance)
- See also Resources for Students with Chronic Illness
Encourage your student to carry a list of his/her medication allergies.
Be aware that certain incoming international student must be screened for tuberculosis, which is done free on campus. For details, see International Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening.
Arrange for prescription renewals and/or a supply of medications to bring to school.
Contact the UHS Pharmacy (734-764-7387) about transferring prescriptions. We want to be your pharmacy of choice!
If your student takes ADD/ADHD medications, plan ahead. Students on stable regimens may renew prescriptions by visiting a UHS physician. Bring the following to the first visit:
- Documentation of diagnosis for ADD/ADHD
- Documentation of current management plans for ADD/ADHD
If your student wears glasses or contact lenses, send a copy of the current prescription with him/her, in case a replacement is needed. Eye exams, contact lenses and glasses are available for a fee at the UHS Eye Care Clinic and Optical Shop.
If your student takes allergy shots, arrange to bring antigen and continue shots at UHS. UHS must review and approve all treatment programs. For more information, call 734-764-8320 or see Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Health Clinic.
All students should have health insurance.
Know how health care works on campus: UHS provides most services at no or low cost. Payment for health care outside UHS (including hospital emergency room) is your student's responsibility, which is the reason your student should have health insurance.
Arrange for health insurance if needed. Information about the Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan will be mailed to students. International students who are required to have health insurance will get it when they arrive through the U-M International Center Health Insurance Office.
Inform your health insurance company that your student will be away at college, and inquire about coverage in the Ann Arbor area. Ask whether your plan has network providers here.
Provide copies of your medical and prescription drug cards (with policy numbers and billing address) and encourage your student to carry them.
Discuss with your student when and how to use health insurance.
Consider purchasing Tuition Insurance, which significantly reduces financial loss if a student is unable to complete a term due to physical or psychological illness. For about the price of a textbook, you can protect your financial investment for the entire academic year.
If your student is currently receiving mental health care, visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website for recommendations for transferring care to providers at U-M or other providers in Ann Arbor.
See also CampusMindworks, a U-M website that supports students with mental health disorders.
For info about getting a prescription for ADD/ADHD medication, read Prescriptions section below.
For students with disabilities:
Students with disabilities needing accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (phone 734-763-3000). Students wishing to receive services must register with this office. Disabilities may include chronic health or mental health conditions, learning disorders as well as visual, hearing and mobility impairments.
Help your student practice decision-making skills:
Talk with your student about decisions s/he is likely to encounter in college such as alcohol and other drug use, getting enough sleep, managing time, handling stress, exercising, eating, sexual behavior, hygiene (e.g., hand washing, covering coughs), and being financially responsible.
Help your student practice making important choices before leaving for college.
Tell your student what you expect.
Offer non-judgmental listening and let your student know you're available.
Assemble a health care kit:
We suggest sending these items with your student:
|Ace bandage for sprains
||Pain / fever reliever e.g. acetaminophen (Tylenol)
|Adhesive bandages, tape
||Antibacterial hand sanitizer
||Anti-inflammatory e.g. ibuprofen
||Antibiotic cream or ointment e.g. Bacitracin
||Anti-diarrheal e.g. Imodium or Pepto Bismol
||Antihistamine for itching and allergies e.g. Chlortrimeton
|Sterile gauze pads
||Calamine lotion for relief of itching
|Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
||Decongestant e.g. Sudafed, phenylephrine
||Antacid e.g. Tums, Pepcid AC
||*The UHS Pharmacy carries most of these items. Many medications are available generically. Ask a pharmacist for recommendations.
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