Notice for students seeking women's health care appointments

The Student Health Service currently has a provider vacancy due to the recent departure of one of our women’s health care nurse practitioners. We are actively recruiting for this position and hope to have a replacement provider in place later this spring. In the meantime, students may experience a longer than usual wait time to obtain appointments for well women annual exams, PAP smears, and birth control consultations. These types of appointments may require scheduling 3-4 weeks in advance. Return appointments for birth control refills and other non-urgent women’s health related issues may take 2-3 weeks to schedule so please plan accordingly.

 You may also check with your private insurance carrier about seeking services through a women’s principle health care provider in the area as an alternative. Some preventative visits may be covered with no out-of-pocket expense. However, please inquire about your specific policy coverage and limitations.

For USHIP members, you may visit the United Health Care website or contact the on-campus representatives at 773-834-4543 and inquire about in-network women’s health providers that may also provide services. Referrals are not necessary for routine well women care if provided by a USHIP in-network women’s principle health care provider. Be sure to inquire about your specific policy coverage, limitations and potential out-of-pocket expenses.

 We will post an announcement when we have a replacement provider in place to keep you abreast of the situation. Thank you for your patience. 

Posted January 2014

Stay Healthy This Winter Season!

The Student Health Service would like every student to remain healthy this season. Take these steps to stay healthy and protect others as well!

#1:  Get your flu shot! It is not too late to get your flu shot. The on-campus flu events have ended, but you can still call SHS to schedule an appointment to get your flu shot. Call us at 773-702-4156 to schedule yours today! 

#2:  Take preventative measures to minimize your risk including:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.

#3: If you do become ill:

  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

Click here to read more about what to do if you get sick.