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 (Measles, Mumps, Rubella combined) or Measles vaccine (two doses) AND Mumps vaccine (one dose) AND Rubella vaccine (one dose).
     
    -Antibody blood titer tests will be accepted as proof of immunity in lieu of the above vaccinations.
     
  • One Tetanus Diphtheria booster (Td) within the past ten years
  • PPD skin test for tuberculosis: required within 6 months of admission
  • Chest X-ray (only if your PPD skin test is greater than 10 mm induration)
  • Meningococcal vaccine: required by Maryland State law for all new student

Recommended (not required) immunizations for all students:

  • 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 meningitidis. There are 5 serotypes of Neisseria meningitidis (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 $100.

Health Insurance

Loyola University requires health insurance for all full-time undergraduate students. You are required to complete an insurance information form to let us know which insurance plan you are enrolled in. Please review your current plan to be sure that your benefits will extend to the Maryland area.

Should you wish to enroll in a plan designed for Loyola students, you may enroll in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.  All full-time students are eligible to enroll voluntarily in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.  *For additional information about the Aetna Plan or to enroll, please visit www.aetnastudenthealth.com.  For assistance with online enrollment, please contact Aetna Student Health at 1-800-232-5481. 

The rates for the Aetna Plan for the academic year 2013/2014 are:

Annual:  $2,648 (for the period 8/15/13 - 8/14/14)
Fall Only: $993 (for the period 8/15/13 - 12/31/13)
Spring: $1,655 (for the period 1/1/14 - 8/14/14)

*Please Note:  Online enrollment and information regarding the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan for the academic year 2013/2014 will not be available online until June 2013.

International Students: Students are eligible to enroll in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.  You are required to submit proof of health insurance coverage during your program at Loyola.  For additional information regarding the insurance requirements for International students, please contact  the Office of International Programs at 410-617-2910.  For additional information about the Aetna Plan or to enroll, please visit www.aetnastudenthealth.com.  For assistance with online enrollment, please contact Aetna Student Health at 1-800-232-5481. 

For more information regarding the health insurance requirement,  please contact the Insurance Manager at 410-617-5055.

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.