HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR HEALTH FORMS
The government is very strict about health regulations for students in the United States. They require many forms and tests to make sure that all students are safe. Every university must report to the government to confirm that they have collected accurate records for every student.
Health care and vaccinations are very expensive in the USA. Therefore, it is much better to get these vaccinations at home, before you come to SLU. It will save you money, and it will save you from more stress when you first arrive.
Many of these forms are simple to complete, but some require a signature or information from your doctor. Please use this guide to help you complete the forms completely and accurately. Please remember that all forms must be transcribed in English. Here is a link to all of the forms: http://www.stlawu.edu/health-and-counseling-services/required-health-forms-all-new-incoming-students
- GENERAL HEALTH HISTORY:
This form can be completed by you. You simply need to answer the questions that are asked on the form, list any medications you take or medical conditions you currently have or have had in the past.
- COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL EXAM:
This form must be completed by your doctor. If you have a regular family doctor and had a physical exam within the last 12 months, they may be able to complete the form without giving you an exam. If you need a physical exam, you can make an appointment with your doctor and bring this form with you. The doctor should be able to complete and sign the form at your appointment. If you have a national health booklet, and would like to include a copy with your Exam record, you can attach it to the form.
- VACCINATION SCREENING RECORD:
You have probably had many immunizations and vaccinations as a child. Some of you might have a yellow record card with all of your shots. Bring all records of immunizations to your physical exam so your doctor can complete and sign this form.
The MMR vaccination is the most important. PLEASE NOTE: The first dose should have happened after you turned 1 year old. If you got the first dose before you were one year old, you will need to get another one. It is important to get this shot at home, as it costs $65 once you are on campus.
All students need a Tetanus shot every 10 years. Again, get this done at home; the test costs $40 on campus.
- TUBERCULOSIS (TB) SCREENING RECORD:
If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions on this form, you need to get a blood test (NOT a chest x-ray) before you come to the US. It must be an “IGRA Blood Test”. Ask your doctor about the blood test for TB and make sure you get it done at home. The results of the test must be recorded on the form, and you must attach a copy of the test results to the form. If you do not have this test done at home, it will cost $110 to get it here in the US.
- MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS VACCINATION WAIVER FORM:
The Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine is not required, but it is very strongly recommended. That disease spreads very quickly and can be fatal. It’s a good idea to get that vaccine. If you get the vaccine, you can list it on the VACCINATION RECORD and you won’t have to complete this WAIVER.
These forms are very important and must be received in the SLU Health Center by July 20, 2018. Forms received after July 20th will be subject to a $50 late fee. Complete the forms early and send them to the health center, so they can check them. If you are missing anything, they will tell you right away so you can do it before you come to SLU. This is as important as your visa paperwork. Don’t delay! If you have any questions, you may contact the health center at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms may be submitted to the Health Center in two ways:
If you wish to email your forms:
- Scan each page to a PDF format. Email forms from your SLU email account only. Forms sent from personal email accounts may be lost or not received.
- Check your SLU email on a daily basis in case the Health Center sends you a message or needs more information.
To send forms via mail, use the following address (remember to leave enough time for the forms to arrive by July 20th):
Diana B. Torrey ’82 Health & Counseling Center
St. Lawrence University
76 Park Street
Canton, NY 13617