General Health Services

UMKC Student Health and Wellness is here to serve the students of UMKC. It is our mission to keep you healthy, so you can focus on and excel at your educational goals.

Acute Symptoms or Illnesses

The providers at Student Health and Wellness assess acute symptoms and illnesses and provide treatments or referrals as appropriate. Common acute complaints that can be assessed and/or treated in the clinic include:

  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Allergies
  • Elevated temperature (fever)
  • Heartburn
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Skin rashes and lesions
  • Upper respiratory infections, coughs, colds, sore throats
  • Urinary tract symptoms/infections
  • Vaginal discharge/infections
  • Other physical complaints that require further assessment

Chronic Illnesses/Medical Issues

The providers at Student Health and Wellness assess chronic illnesses and provide treatments or referrals as appropriate. Common complaints that can be assessed and/or treated in the clinic include:

  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Thyroid disease
  • Other illnesses requiring monitoring or further evaluation

Immunizations

The following immunizations are recommended for college students. These immunizations build on the primary immunization series received in childhood. Each health care program (nursing, medical school, dental, etc.) may require specific immunizations. Check with the appropriate program for additional requirements.

These immunizations are available at Student Health and Wellness. If a student needs an immunization not listed, inquire at the clinic as to whether it can be ordered.

  • Hepatitis A – Series of two injections is needed for lasting protection, and the doses should be given at least six months apart. This is available to anyone who may be exposed to unsafe food or water and for those who may be traveling to areas at risk for hepatitis A. It is also encouraged for gay and bisexual men by the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
  • Hepatitis B – Series of three injections: First dose as a newborn, second dose one month later, third dose five months later. Missing a dose does not require starting the series over.
  • HPV – UMKC Student Health and Wellness offers Gardasil 9 for female and male students. If you are unable to pay for the vaccine, the Gardasil 9 manufacturer offer a patient assistance program (Gardasil 9 Patient Assistance Program).
  • Influenza – Annual vaccination begins in early fall.
  • Meningitis – One-dose vaccination. Recommended for all college students. Missouri Statute 174.335 mandates the requirement that all college students living in residence halls are vaccinated.
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) – Two doses for all college students born after 1956. (Now given at 12-15 months and prior to entering school).
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) – Usually given as a series to infants with a booster of Tdap at age 11-12.
  • Tetanus and diphtheria (Td) – Usually given as a booster every 10 years after one dose of Tdap.
  • Typhoid – Available for students traveling to areas at risk for typhoid fever. There are two forms of typhoid immunization: injection given two weeks before travel or a pill that must be started at least two-and-a-half weeks before travel.
  • Varicella (chicken pox) – Recommended for all college students without a documented history of chicken pox infection or immunization or negative antibody titer. Two doses one month apart.

For a complete list of the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Information Statements web page.

Antibody titers may also be drawn for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B and varicella to indicate whether immunity exists.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing

Sexually transmitted diseases (or infections – the terms are used interchangeably) can be scary and confusing. There is a great deal of information that you may come across while you are in college, and it is hard to determine what is true and what is not.

The UMKC Student Health and Wellness Nurse Practitioners are available to meet with you confidentially to discuss any questions or concerns you have about STDs, transmission, prevention, testing and treatment. We offer nonjudgmental and open discussion to empower you to make educated choices and to keep you and your partner safe.

Additional Primary Health Care Services

Student Health and Wellness also offers the following comprehensive services:

  • Routine health/physical exams
  • Mental health services
  • Injury evaluations
  • Travel medicine consultations
  • Allergy injections for patients receiving immunotherapy by an allergy specialist
  • Lab testing
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Education on health issues and diseases
  • First aid (non-emergency)

Important Items All Students Should Have

Students should keep a list of current medications as well as any known allergies. 

While many local pharmacies offer a variety of over-the-counter items for purchase, we strongly recommend that students keep some basic health care supplies on hand. We encourage you to review the Taking Care of Basic Health Needs document for a thorough list of items to include in a “First Aid Kit”.