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The Student Health Center is here to take care of you! The Student Health Center is located in the lower level of the Memorial Union and has a qualified doctor who is there to assist you if needed from 10 am to 12 pm every day. Health care providers are available when the office is open to take care of your general health needs.
The office is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm every day school is in session during the spring and fall semesters. You may contact the Student Health Center at 785-628-4293.
Please note that most minor health needs can be taken care of by going to Student Health. Going to the Emergency Room at the Hays Medical Center is very expensive and should only be done in case of a major emergency. When treating a minor illness at the Emergency Room high fees are charged. However, if there is no other option and it is an emergency, Hays Medical Center is the best option.
Please visit the Student Health Center’s Web site to get more information on what services are provided.
All international students must obtain health insurance to protect against heavy financial burdens due to major accidents, illnesses, and long-term hospitalization. International students are automatically charged for group health insurance along with tuition/fees at the time of enrollment. The cost of FHSU's insurance plan has not been set. Please check back for the 2012-2013 health insurance costs.The International Student Services Office has a procedure students must follow if you choose to have insurance from your home country or purchase other private health insurance. We want to make sure that students are aware of the procedure.1. There is an Acceptance/Denial Form and a Student Health Insurance Waiver Form that students must complete if they have their own private health insurance. These forms have important information as well as deadlines on when forms must be turned in. Forms can be picked up in the International Office, Sheridan Hall 208 or you may print out the PDF forms below.2. Students must provide proof of private insurance which includes the card or certificate, explanation of benefits, and US contact information in English to the International Office BEFORE the deadline. The insurance must meet the minimum requirements that are listed on the Student Health Insurance Waiver Form.3. Students must turn in the Student Health Insurance Waiver Form with a copy of the card or certificate, explanation of benefits, and US contact information in English and the Acceptance/Denial Form EVERY SEMESTER before your enroll each semester. Forms & insurance brought in after this date WILL NOT be accepted.
**The deadline for Summer 2012 semester is Monday, June 11, 2012. **The deadline for the Fall 2012 semester is Tuesday, August 27 2012. **The deadline for the Spring 2013 semester is Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
If you are unsure your private insurance meets the minimum requirements or have questions regarding health insurance, please check with the International Student Services Office in Sheridan Hall 208.
Student Health Insurance Waiver Form - SummerAcceptance/Denial Form - Summer
Student Health Insurance Waiver Form - Fall/Spring Acceptance/Denial Form - Fall/Spring
A TB screening is required for all first time on-campus enrollees which includes all international students. This will be done during orientation for new students in the fall or spring semesters. If you miss the orientation, you will need to visit the Student Health Center in the lower level of the Memorial Union to have the TB test done on your own. TB screenings are MANDATORY. This must be completed before the first day of class. Students will not be allowed to attend class if this process is not complete.Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic or acute bacterial infection that primarily attacks the lungs, but may also affect the kidneys, bones, lymph nodes, and brain. Symptoms of TB include coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, chills, and fatigue. Children and people with weakened immune systems are the most susceptible to TB. Half of all untreated TB cases are fatal.If you test negative for TB, no further testing is required and a form will be given to you to bring to the International Office. If you test positive for TB, a chest x-ray must be done. A nurse from the Student Health will call Hays Medical Center and make an appointment for you. You can take the Access Van to Hays Medical Center for the appointment or if you know someone who drives, they can take you as well. Once the chest x-ray has been done, you will have to go back to the Student Health Center for a follow-up visit and treatment options.
If you live in University Housing or Greek Housing, Fort Hays State University requires you to get the meningitis vaccinations or sign a waiver indicating you are knowledgeable of the risks of bacterial meningitis and your decision to not be vaccinated. This requirement must be met prior to being allowed to move into campus housing. All students who have been vaccinated must provide documentation of immunization.
If you don't live in University or Greek Housing, we still strongly recommend you become informed about meningitis and consider vaccination to reduce your risk of this very serious illness. You may provide proof of vaccination from your primary care provider or receive the vaccination at the Student Health Center.
You will not be allowed to move into campus housing until you:
~ Get the vaccination at the Student Health Center, or
~ Provide proof of vaccination from a different healthcare provider, or
~ Complete a Meningitis waiver form.
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