Loyola University Maryland

Student Health and Education Services

New Students

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Congratulations on your admission to Loyola University Maryland and welcome to Student Health and Education Services. Our goal is to provide you with access to quality healthcare and accurate information that will promote sound health decision making. For more information, please take a moment to view the Health Services Flyer (PDF).

In order to provide the most efficient medical care to our students, we require completion of the Immunization and Health History Form (PDF). Please mail your completed form to the following address:

Student Health and Education Services
4502A North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Our immunization requirements follow the guidelines set by the American College Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control. Maryland law requires that all students living in campus housing receive meningococcal vaccine.

Pre-Entrance Health Requirements

Immunizations required of all students:

  • Two doses of MMR vaccine 
    -Antibody blood titer tests will be accepted as proof of immunity in lieu of the above vaccinations. 
  • One Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (TDAP) within the past ten years
  • Meningococcal vaccine: required by Maryland State law for all new student
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Varicella antibody titers (if no history of having chicken pox). If varicella titers are negative, we recommend the varicella vaccine.

Meningococcal Disease

It is important that college students consider vaccination to reduce the risk for potentially fatal meningococcal disease. Studies have shown that college students who live in residence halls or dormitories have a slightly higher risk of meningococcal disease.

Maryland law requires that students enrolled at Loyola University Maryland who live in residence halls be vaccinated for this disease.

Information on Meningococcal Disease:

Meningococcal disease is a rare, but serious, bacterial infection. It can cause meningitis (an infection of the brain and spinal cord coverings), and it can also infect the blood stream. Approximately 2,600 people in the United States get meningococcal disease each year. 10-15% of these individuals die despite antibiotic treatment. Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacteria, Neisseria meningitis. There are 5 serotypes of Neisseria meningitis (serotypes A, B, C, Y, W-135).

Because meningococcal meningitis can cause severe illness and death, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial. Meningococcal disease can progress rapidly. With early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics, the chances of full recovery are increased. The use of antibiotics is recommended for individuals with documented significant exposure to an infected individual.

(Information from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

Meningococcal Vaccination and Cost

The Loyola University Student Health Center offers meningococcal vaccine to students who choose to receive this immunization. The vaccine is available at the Heath Center for a fee of $140.

Health Insurance

We are pleased to inform you that the student health insurance plan for the 2015-2016 academic year has changed insurance carriers from Aetna Life Insurance Company to United Healthcare Insurance Company.

*Please Note:  Online enrollment and information regarding the Loyola-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan for the academic year 2015/2016 will be available on June 22, 2015 and can be found on www.firststudent.com.

Domestic and International Undergraduate Students: In an effort to ensure students’ physical and financial health, Loyola University Maryland requires all full-time undergraduate students to have health insurance during the 2015-16 academic year.

You are required to either enroll online in the Loyola-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan, or submit an online request to waive coverage.  To waive coverage, your plan must have comparable coverage based on Loyola’s waiver criteria. Please review your current plan to be sure that your benefits extend to the Maryland area. 

To enroll in or waive coverage, visit www.firststudent.com

The deadline date is August 31, 2015.  If you do not make your insurance selection by this date you will be automatically enrolled in the Loyola-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. 

The rates for the 2015-16 Loyola-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan are:

Annual:  $1,581 (for the period 8/15/15 - 8/14/16)

Fall:  $600 (for the period 8/15/15 – 12/31/15) *exception only

Spring:  $981 (for the period 1/1/16 – 8/14/16) *new students only

For assistance or questions with online enrollment or the waiver process, please contact Paige Fritze at 800-346-4075 ext. 1607 or email loyola@rcmd.com

We expect that you will have a healthy year, but we strongly recommend that you make an informed decision about your health insurance coverage while you are a student at Loyola University Maryland