University Health Services statement regarding recent events in Missouri and New York

The following is a statement from University Health Services staff regarding the recent events in Missouri and New York:

“University Health Services is dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of the UW campus community. We acknowledge the many feelings that we may experience as a result of the recent events in Missouri and New York such as rage, confusion, frustration, hurt, and hopelessness. UHS stands with many in our campus and Madison communities in the call for open and critically reflective community dialogue on the context of race that frames these recent events. We hear and validate the personal stories that reflect the realities of the lived experiences of our communities of color.”


Need health insurance? Not sure? Read more about SHIP

Who needs health insurance?
EVERYONE! Unfortunately, unexpected accidents and illnesses do occur and students without comprehensive insurance are more likely to drop out of school for financial or health-related reasons.

What about University Health Services?
All enrolled students are eligible for the medical and counseling care available at University Health Services, but UHS is not a substitute for health insurance. UHS is not open evenings and weekends and does not provide emergency care, hospitalization, or specialty care for complex problems.

I already have health insurance. How can I tell if it is good enough?
Even if you already have health insurance, you need to be aware of the following:

  • Employer plans typically limit coverage to emergency room care while you are out of the plan area, and you may have to take time off school to return to your hometown for treatment.
  • Even in their home area, some plans have increasingly narrow provider networks. As a result it can be difficult for enrollees to access key services such as mental health.
  • Many plans require enrollees to pay a large portion of their medical costs. High deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance can make enrollees reluctant, or unable to seek medical attention when they need it.

Five reasons to choose the UW-Madison Student Health Insurance Plan

  1. SHIP is designed specifically for UW–Madison students. Meeting the needs of our students is our motivation—not profit.
  2. UHS provides primary and preventive care on campus, keeping costs as low as possible.
  3. SHIP travels with you. SHIP members are protected by a nationwide network of hospitals, clinics, and specialized medical services.
  4. SHIP has a low member out-of-pocket max of $2,000 ($400 in-network deductible and 20% coinsurance combined).
  5. Value. SHIP offers “Gold +” level coverage at a “Bronze” price.

Other SHIP benefits include:

  • Preventive care, including 100% coverage for:
    • Meningococcal vaccine
    • HPV vaccine
    • Travel immunizations
    • Contraceptive benefit
    • Annual eye exam
  • Prescription drug benefit (including specialty medications)
  • Available coverage for spouse, domestic partner, and children
  • Worldwide assistance
  • On-campus customer service team
  • And much more!

Click here to view the 2014/15 domestic plan summary and premium rates.

Fall coverage is effective from January 15, 2015 and enrollments must be received by February 14, 2015.

Registered students can enroll online, in the SHIP office, by telephone, or by mail.

Parents can enroll their registered student in the SHIP office, by telephone, or by mail.

Click here for additional information and to enroll online.

The final countdown…


It’s that time of the semester again. Are you in finals mode?

1 week before: Check in with profs. Stay on top of your schedule. Keep it interesting

  • You may or may not have some unanswered questions. Now is a good time to pay your professors and /or TAs a visit—they’re the best people to clear up any confusion. And talking them might ease your stress levels a bit, too!
  • Continue to stay on top of your study schedule. If you find yourself hitting a wall, change it up! Break down your studying by topic, into smaller, more manageable tasks, and allot yourself a set amount of time for each.
  • Been studying in the same spot all this time? Try somewhere new! Different vibes and a change of scenery can revamp your focus and motivation.

2 days before: Final review. Test yourself. Focus on what you know

  • Good news: since you’ve been staying on top of things, there’s no need to cram with only 48 hours left. At this point, it’s more effective to really nail down the material you feel most confident about, rather than scrambling to try to learn new information.
  • Give yourself practice tests to reaffirm all the knowledge you’ve accumulated these past few weeks, and if you made a study group, meet with them to go over the material one last time.

The night before: Easy does it.

  • Relax! You’ve earned it. The best thing you can do for yourself now is get a good night’s sleep. Getting those 8 hours will improve your memory and ensure that your brain will retrain all that info you’ve been plugging away at.

Exam day: Confidence is key—you earned it!

  • Make sure you’re prepared with the basics: pencil, calculator, whatever it is that you may need for the subject.
  • And by now, you’ll be able to take that exam with confidence. Envision yourself acing it, and with all this preparation, you deserve to!


Though this may be easier said than done, when you break it down bit by bit, studying for exams is way less intimidating! Ease yourself into the final crunch with these tips, and you’ll sail through your finals. Study strong, Badgers!

Flu season arrives at UW-Madison; preventive steps to take and symptoms to watch for

It’s an almost inevitable part of each winter season in Wisconsin. That’s right, the flu has arrived on campus, and it’s here to stay through the spring. Hopefully, you protected yourself by getting your flu shot already, but if you haven’t, you still have an opportunity to do so.

Though walk-in flu shots at UHS have ended for the year, you can still call UHS for an appointment to get a free flu shot. Simply call 608-265-5600 to make an appointment. Get your flu shot now to avoid contracting the virus during finals!

Unfortunately, college environments create perfect circumstances for the flu to spread. The virus is passed from person to person through droplets made when someone sick with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks. It can even be transmitted when a person simply touches a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touches their own mouth, eyes, or nose.

This means that the flu spreads most easily among people who live, work and play near other people. A residence hall, classroom, or even a crowded party are all situations where the flu virus can spread.

Symptoms of the flu typically include some combination or all of the following:

  • A 100°F or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

If you exhibit these symptoms, you should be careful to distinguish between the flu and the common cold. Generally, flu symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu than the cold.

In addition to getting your flu shot, there are simple, everyday actions to can take to prevent you and others from getting the flu.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue handy, try to cough or sneeze into your elbow or arm instead of your palms.
  • Wash your hands often with warm soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as you can. Germs spread this way.

If you believe you have the flu, stay home from work and classes to avoid spreading the virus. Your friends, classmates, and professors will thank you for it! Rest up too. Your body is only able to ward off the virus if your immune system is strong, and a lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. Make it a priority to eat well, too. A proper amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as drinks like tea and orange juice, can only help your body keep illness at bay.