Health & Wellness
Health Services is located in Hunter Hall. This service is contracted with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Department of Occupational Health and a registered nurse is on-site 20 hours per week for medical care. Health records are not part of the academic record; they are filed in Heath Services per protocol for confidential medical files. These health records are kept for seven years upon graduation or departure from the College. There is no charge for any on-site consultation. The following services are offered by Health Services.
The RN on-site will evaluate and, when necessary, refer out to other providers. This may be to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Express Care or a specialty practice. When the student is referred off-site, the resulting bill is the student’s responsibility. Throat cultures can be done on-site and billed to the student’s insurance.
The State of Vermont requires all post secondary students to have 2 measles, mumps & rubella (MMR), a current tetanus, the hepatitis B series (3 vaccines), protection from varicella (chicken pox) and a meningitis vaccine after turning 16 years of age. If a student does not meet this requirement prior to arriving to SVC, these vaccines can be obtained in Health Services but need to be paid for in full at the time of administration. The seasonal flu vaccine is also available every year. The best practice is to obtain these state-required immunizations prior to arrival at SVC at your Primary Care Physician’s Office.
A Vermont state law (Sec. 3 18 V.S.A. 1121 (c) requires that “each school and child care facility shall provide the information on the school and child care facility’s aggregated immunization rate for each required immunizations to students, or in the case of a minor to parents and guardian at the start of each academic year and to any student, or in the case of a minor to the parent or guardian of any student, who transfers to the school or child care facility after the start of the academic year. A student attending a postsecondary school shall directly receive information on the school’s aggregated immunizations rate at the start of the academic year or upon transfer to the school, regardless of whether the student is a minor”
Currently SVC has 5 Vermont state required immunizations as a postsecondary school. Below are the required immunizations and the percentage of SVC students immunized.
|Vermont Required Vaccines||Percentage of SVC Students Vaccinated|
|Measles, Mumps and Rubella||99%|
|Meningitis (living in residence halls)||99%|
This is our current aggregate rate as of 1/26/18. Southern Vermont College’s goal is to protect all our students, our SVC community and the communities of all the places our students go as athletes, interns and volunteers from the above communicable diseases.
Pregnancy tests can be obtained in Health Services for a minimal charge. Condoms are also available outside the Health Services Office.
Appointments can be made with local practitioners for a wide variety of healthcare needs such as gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic, dermatology or dental.
Health and Wellness Promotions
Educational presentations are provided on-site to individuals and groups. Students are encouraged to share their thoughts about programming they would like to see.
Any healthcare matter can be discussed with the nurse. Education leads to healthier life style choices which are promoted here at SVC.
Health Services Office hours are sent to all of the SVC community every 2 weeks and vary slightly. If the office is not open, please leave a voicemail message for the nurse (802-447-4355) or with Student Life (802-447-6323). The office is closed during the summer. At any time for medical emergencies always call 911 and Campus Safety.