Important: Bring your immunization records from your country! All records must be in English. You will need your records for proof of immunizations!
Welcome to Valparaiso University!
The Valparaiso University Student Health Center provides professional health care for qualifying students and wellness programs for all students. We are a primary care clinic which treats the majority of injuries and illnesses. We also specialize in areas that are in high demand for our students. Our staff includes a medical doctor, nurse practitioners, and registered nurse. Visits to the Health Center are strictly confidential. Except in rare instances, as specified by law, no medical information will be released without written authorization from the patient.
Services performed include comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care. The Health Center provides lab services, immunizations, allergy injections, and minor procedures. Also, some prescriptions are available on site. Students are expected to pay for the costs of treatment not covered by the Student Medical Plan.
Valparaiso University requires every student to have a completed Student Health Form. If the Health Center does not receive a Student Health Form or the information is incomplete, a hold will be placed on the student’s account, making him/her unable to obtain grades or register for classes for the following semester until requirements are met. If you did not receive or misplaced your Student Health Form, one can be located on the Health Center website.
All Student Health Forms are reviewed by Health Center staff, who check the immunization dates for compliance with state and federal regulations as well as review medicines, pertinent food allergies, chronic diseases, and other health issues so that we may plan for and provide the appropriate health services when your student arrives.
Due to privacy regulations, all communication regarding the student’s health information must be with the student. We will not be able to remove a hold until all information in the Student Health Form is complete.
Allergies, Immunizations, Vaccines, and Medical/Immunization Forms
Immunizations currently required at Valparaiso University are those mandated by the State of Indiana. These include tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past 10 years, two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (the first dose after 12 months of age and the second at least 28 days after the first dose) and if you are 23 years or younger meningococcal ACWY and meningococcal B vaccines series. A completion of a Tuberculin Skin test and/or TB blood test administered in the United States within the past 12 months is also required. A normal chest x-ray will be accepted if results are in English and the test was completed within the past 12 months. Some programs of study have additional immunization requirements, i.e., the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
The Health Center provides allergy injections if the student mails or brings the serum and physician instructions with them when they come to campus. The Student Health Center has an Allergy Packet that must be completed by you and your allergist. The serum will be stored at the Health Center and the student can make appointments to be seen on a regular basis for his/her allergy shots. There is a fee associated with this service. You may contact the Health Center prior to the beginning of classes; we would be happy to send our allergy forms to your physician, or you can find the forms on the Health Center website.
Class Excuse Policy
When a student is absent from a class, a laboratory, or an examination for medical reasons, it is the student’s responsibility to discuss this directly with the faculty member involved. The Health Center does not provide excuses for missed classes. Students may complete an authorization to release medical information to their professor. The Health Center will not release medical information or even verify that the student was at the Health Center without the student’s written authorization. You may obtain this form from the Health Center or on the Health Center website.