Important Updates from Health Services

Flu Season
The gift of gratitude includes protecting your family during this Thanksgiving holiday. Encouraging your student to receive a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting your family and ours against flu viruses. When adequate numbers of our community become immunized against influenza we function like a firewall protecting even those who are not immunized against influenza.

Students may schedule an appointment with Health Services on-line via myHealthPortal or by calling 651-962-6750.

Travel Abroad
Winter is an exciting time of year as many students are finalizing their plans to study abroad, volunteer or simply travel abroad. While traveling abroad may be a wonderful and life-changing experience, there are many health and safety-related issues that students are encouraged to consider. Seeking professional advice from a certified travel clinic provider at least 6 weeks prior to departure is an important measure to help safeguard your student’s experience while studying outside of the United States. This also ensures that the immunizations your student may need will be administered with adequate time for him or her to mount an immune response.

Pre- and post-travel care can sometimes be expensive and difficult to access. The University of St. Thomas Health Services Travel Clinic, located on the St. Paul campus, offers convenient, low cost, high quality care for pre- and post-travel healthcare needs.

At the University of St. Thomas Health Services Travel Clinic, health care professionals individualize care according to your student’s specific medical history, itinerary and planned activities abroad to help minimize the risk of exposure to infection or injury.

The student’s health insurance company will be billed for Travel Clinic services.  Please contact your health insurance company prior to the student’s appointment to determine if your policy covers the visit and/or any vaccinations that may be needed.

Services include

  • Personalized pre-travel counseling based on the student’s medical history and travel itinerary.
  • Immunizations appropriate for the country (or countries) student will be traveling to.
  • Appropriate physical exams and/or lab tests based on medical history and travel destination.
  • Recommendations for preventing travel-related illnesses.
  • Educational materials about the destination including information on food, water, insects, weather, politics and general safety.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) booklets verifying Yellow Fever immunizations.
  • Follow-up care upon return, if necessary.

Encourage your students to call the UST Travel Clinic at 651-962-6750 to schedule an appointment 6 weeks prior to departure. Please visit our website for additional information.

Learn to Live

Is Your Student Bringing Anxiety or Depression Home for the Holidays?

The holiday season is upon us, and hopefully your student has found a “college rhythm.” But, remember that this can be a time for high seasonal stress. For some students, the demands of college life, finals and the holidays can be a challenging time of year.  For example:

-          64% of people who suffer from anxiety and depression report that holidays make their feelings and symptoms worse[1]

-          34% report feeling stressed from too much to do during the ​holidays

As part of the University of St. Thomas’ comprehensive approach to mental health, we want to remind you about Learn to Live, a resource for students. It’s a free, confidential service that includes online assessments, self-paced digital programs and access to a coach. Programs use online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and are focused on stress, depression and social anxiety.

St. Thomas cares about your student’s mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Wellness Center, Athletics, Veterans Resource Center, Campus Ministry, and the Dean of Students Office are among a  few of the resources available to provide support to your student. Students interested in online CBT, Learn to Live can be accessed here – using the code “STTHOMAS”.

Untreated mental health problems can lead to missed classes, lower grades, and students leaving school. If your student appears to be struggling, remind them of the many mental health services provided at St. Thomas.

[1] Mental Health America, 2006