Prevent the flu! Get a free flu shot from UHS

This year’s flu season is hitting Wisconsin hard but it’s still not too late for students to protect themselves.  The single best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu shot every year. Remember, even SOME protection is better than none at all.

If you haven’t received a flu shot, don’t procrastinate! Waiting will put you at higher risk when you’re back in class and in the close company of other students. A flu shot not only protects you, but it also protects those around you who may be at risk for more serious complications.  It’s fast, simple and free for registered UW-Madison students.

Make your appointment today! Call UHS at 608-265-5600 as soon as possible to make your appointment for a flu shot. Once there, bring your student ID and wear short sleeves or sleeves that easily push all the way up to the shoulder.

What if I have the flu?

Most people with the flu have a mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.  If you have asthma, diabetes, a weakened immune syndrome, are pregnant, or have other chronic lung, heart, blood, or neurologic diseases, contact your health care provider or call UHS if you start having flu-like symptoms.

If you do experience flu-like symptoms (fever with a cough and/or sore throat), stay home from work and class and limit contact with others until you are completely free of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications.  This will take 3 to 5 days for most people.

Students with questions about their symptoms should contact UHS at 608-265-5600.

For more information on the flu, how to prevent it and what you can do keep yourself healthy, visit:


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!