FOR PARENTS

Health Services’ recommendations for your student

Immunization

Updated July 2019

Immunizations are a very effective way to prevent certain communicable diseases.

The vaccines protect everyone—your student, other students, and everyone at home. Infectious diseases such as measles and pertussis (whooping cough) can appear in campus communities where students live and attend classes in close quarters.

Interestingly, students initially tend to be immunologically “naïve,” meaning they have not been exposed to some illnesses. It is the college version of what happened when they started kindergarten. And let’s face it-your child has no time to be sick.

So what does The University of Akron recommend?

We closely follow the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control/Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. At this time, no vaccines are required, but these are highly recommended:

  1. A yearly flu shot
  2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (combined as MMR)
  3. Varicella (Chicken pox)
  4. Meningitis (there are now 2 types, ACWY and B)
  5. Polio (series completed as child)
  6. Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (combined as Tdap)
  7. Hepatitis A and B
  8. Human papilloma virus (HPV)

Important: Vaccine records

It is essential that every student — resident student or commuter — have a copy of their vaccine records readily available when they come to campus.

What are the best ways to store this record?

  • Paper copy in a safe place (not the original—it is too important).
  • Picture on cell phone.
  • Med Proctor website:
    • This website was created to automate the immunization verification process for universities.  However, it is also a great place to confidentially store these important records. There is no cost for this service.
    • Log on to medproctor.com and select student tab.
    • Follow instructions to be a new user. Use of a University of Akron email address will link your student to our system.
      • Download the immunization form.
      • Complete the form, and then upload it to the system.
      • At this time it is not required that you use this service or have the record signed by your medical provider.  You can also upload the actual copy of vaccine record here as well.

So what else should your student bring to campus?

This is probably the first time your student may be faced with the need to see a health care provider without your assistance.  Now is the time to explain how that can be accomplished.

  • Make sure they have either a physical copy or a cell phone photo of their insurance card-front and back. They should also know such things such as cost of care and copays.
  • It is also very convenient for them to carry a debit card for the cost of copays and medications if needed.
  • Your student can always use the UA Student Health Center medical providers for care of minor illness and injury.  We do not bill your insurance company, so the cost of care is due at time of visit.  Good news is that our visit fee is only $15.00-cheaper than your typical copay.  Medications, lab fees and medical supplies are extra but very reasonable. We can evaluate the situation and determine if your student may need a higher level of care. We are located in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Suite 260.  Contact number 330-972-7808. Our website.
  • They should carry a list of any medications they take, and any allergies they may have.
  • They should know their personal and family medical history.
  • How about a small first aid kit?
    • Preferred cold medication
    • Ibuprofen and/or Tylenol
    • Band-Aids
    • Throat lozenges
    • Antihistamine such as Benadryl
    • Anti-itch cream (1% hydrocortisone)
    • Antibacterial wipes
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Icy Hot for strains/sprains
    • Heat/cold back-reusable
    • Thermometer
  • List of emergency contact numbers that should include campus police (330-972-2911) and several close family members, and Student Health Services (330-972-7808).
  • Other resources:

Talking about underage drinking

Taking with your student about underage drinking is a good idea, even if your son or daughter has heard it all before. How to talk with your student about underage drinking (PDF).


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