Imperial Valley

Student Health Services

All regularly enrolled SDSU students have prepaid a health fee as part of their tuition and fees that entitles them to basic medical services. Services for students at the SDSU-Imperial Valley include CPR classes, basic medical and dental services, vision examinations, immunizations, individual counseling/psychological sessions and group seminars/ workshops. The office for Student Health Services at Imperial Valley is located in the Administration Building, Room 104D. Students from the Imperial Valley may also seek services at SDSU–west campus. Some services, including annual Pap smears and pharmacy, require a minimal fee. Charges associated with these services are dramatically lower than those found elsewhere. We accept California’s Family PACT program designed to cover the costs of services to prevent unplanned pregnancies and protect the reproductive health of those who qualify. This care is provided at Student Health Services, located in Calpulli Center, where health care providers offer a wide range of programs and services.

Medical care is provided by board certified physicians, certified primary care nurse practitioners, licensed nurses, and other qualified personnel. Additional services offered at Student Health Services include a medical laboratory, an x-ray department, eye care, dental services, and physical therapy. The pharmacy dispenses prescriptions and over-the-counter items at cost; physical therapy; health-related counseling and campuswide health programming are offered by the Health Promotion Department. Low-cost consultations are available for osteopathic manipulative treatment, travel medicine, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Students are responsible for the cost of their healthcare whether received at Student Health Services or at an outside facility. Students are encouraged to purchase medical insurance coverage. For more information, call 760-768-5670 or visit the office located in the Administration Building.

REQUIRED: Proof of Immunity Against Measles and Rubella

All new or readmitted students born on or after January 1, 1957 must provide proof of immunity against measles and rubella (German measles) during their first semester at SDSU. The minimum requirement is proof of at least one immunization for measles and rubella given after the first birthday and after 1968. (All students are strongly encouraged to consider a second measles immunization.) Students whose enrollment services records indicate graduation from a California public high school may be exempt from this requirement. Students may fulfill the immunization requirement by bringing or sending medical documentation as proof of immunization to Student Health Services. Positive laboratory evidence of measles and rubella immunity is also a way to prove immunization status. Students may also receive immunization at cost at Student Health Services. For more information, call 760-768-5670.

Important: Students who have not complied with this mandate prior to the registration deadline will not be able to register for classes their second semester.

Hepatitis B

All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term must provide proof of immunity against hepatitis B during their first semester at SDSU. Hepatitis B vaccination consists of three timed doses of vaccine over a minimum four to six month period. (All students are encouraged to consider immunization against Hepatitis B.) Students whose enrollment services records indicate graduation from a California public high school may be exempt from this requirement. Students may fulfill the immunization requirement by bringing or sending medical documentation of immunization or positive laboratory evidence of Hepatitis B immunity to Student Health Services. Students may also receive low cost immunization at Student Health Services. For more information, call 760-768-5670.

Important: Students who do not comply with this California Health and Safety Code during their first semester at SDSU will not be allowed to register for classes a second semester until they provide proof of immunity or begin the immunization series. Students who have not completed the immunization series by the end of their third semester will no longer be able to attend SDSU. Students must provide proof of completion of the vaccine series to Student Health Services.

In addition to demonstrating immunity to measles and rubella at Student Health Services, some students may be further required to present documentation to other campus officials. Students subject to this additional screening include students enrolled in dietetics, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy, student teaching, or fieldwork involving preschool-age children and/or school-age children or taking place in a hospital or health care setting.

Immunization documentation can be mailed or brought to SDSU, Imperial Valley Campus, Admissions Office, 720 Heber Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231 OR faxed to 619-594- 6465 (include name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and SDSU RedID number) or uploaded to our secure web portal at https://healtheconnect.sdsu.edu/.

In addition to demonstrating immunity to measles and rubella at Student Health Services, some students may be further required to present documentation to other campus officials. Students subject to this additional screening include students enrolled in dietetics, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy and any practicum, student teaching, or fieldwork involving preschool-age children and/or school-age children or taking place in a hospital or health care setting.

Meningococcal Disease

Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent one from contracting the disease and whether or not he or she has chosen to receive the vaccination. Although immunization against this infection is not a requirement, all entering freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls, are urged to consider vaccination.

The current vaccine is fairly effective against the majority of the strains of this bacterium, but unfortunately its immunity effect declines over a few years. A second “booster” dose is recommended at between the ages of 16 to 18 for those students who received their first vaccination at age 15 or younger. Luckily, the risk of becoming infected with meningococcus also declines with age. Consequently, there is less of a reason to immunize older students, although they may do so if they desire. The meningococcal vaccine is available at Student Health Services at a reduced cost.

Strongly Recommended Health Screening

Immunization from the following diseases may also protect students against potentially severe infections: influenza (flu), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, mumps, chicken pox (varicella), human papilloma virus (HPV), and Hepatitis A. Like measles, these too can be particularly harmful in college-aged persons. These immunizations are available at reduced cost at Student Health Services.

Entering students from developing countries are also strongly encouraged to have a screening test for tuberculosis (TB). The TB skin test is offered free at Student Health Services.

Medical Excuse Policy

SDSU Student Health Services will not provide medical excuses for short-term absences due to illness or injury. In circumstances when the illness or injury is prolonged (an absence of more than five days) and requires medical attention or hospitalization, we will work with students to provide appropriate documentation. When a student is hospitalized or has a serious, ongoing illness or injury, SDSU Student Health Services will, at the student’s request and with the student’s consent, communicate with the student’s academic adviser and/or Student Disability Services.

Students are instructed to contact their professor/ instructor/coach in the event that they need to miss class, etc. due to an illness, injury, or an emergency. They may use an informational letter explaining the Student Health Services policy that is available from our office and on our website at http://shs.sdsu.edu. All decisions about the impact of an absence, as well as any arrangements for making up work, rest with the instructors. Academic advisers are available to provide assistance to students or faculty members who have concerns about attendance issues.

Accidents and Student Insurance Coverage

Accidents requiring treatment and/or transportation to a local hospital should be reported immediately to the SDSU Imperial Valley Campus, Business Affairs, 760-768-5515.

SDSU students are regarded by the university as adults. Accordingly, students are responsible for their own safety and health in connection with participation in campus activities and should exercise good judgment and due care at all times.

Specific questions regarding insurance coverage for campus programs, institutional safety regulations, and potential risks inherent in academic programs and student activities should be directed to the responsible faculty or staff member in charge of the activity.

Students participating in required or elective academic programs such as internships or practical through either nursing/allied health training, or in a teacher training program are covered under the university’s Workers’ Compensation program provided an internship agreement between the university and the facility has been executed by an authorized representative of the university. The university is providing Student Professional Liability insurance to its students who are enrolled in these programs. This coverage is provided through Lloyd’s of London. Students needing proof of this coverage for their participation in an institution’s affiliation program can obtain a copy of the certificate of liability from their professor.

The university does not provide liability, accident, or health coverage to students. Students may obtain medical insurance through http://www.CoveredCA.com or through http://www.csuhealthlink.com. The university makes no warranties as to the nature or quality of the coverage or the financial integrity of the insurers. The information on the availability of coverage is provided as a convenience to students.