Your Health

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New to campus? Here’s help finding your way around

Finding the right person to answer your questions is a crucial part of making Madison your new home. UHS provides a service for transfer students to ask questions and get help in navigating their way around campus.

Keep the flu bug at a distance

It happens every year about this time: The flu makes the rounds on campus. But there are plenty of good ways to keep it away and avoid a lot of coughing, fever and aches. They include getting a free flu shot from UHS.


Chlamydia self-screen offers new way to test for STIs

If you are sexually active, getting tested for sexually transmitted infections is important, but some students are not comfortable discussing those relationships with a health care provider. In August, UHS began to offer a chlamydia self-screen option for females.

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Compliance with Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to help make UW-Madison a drug-free place to live and learn. You can do this by learning about substance abuse, encouraging others to avoid abuse and getting help if needed.

Meningitis update

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Don’t forget your second meningitis vaccination

Did you get the first vaccination for meningitis? If so, great! You are half done. In order to maintain long-term immunity you must receive the second vaccination 30 days after the first vaccination. Winter break is the perfect time to schedule and get it.

Violence Prevention and Survivor Services (EVOC) welcomes three new staff

To address sexual assault and dating violence, University Health Services (UHS) has hired three additional staff members to join the End Violence on Campus (EVOC) unit to expand violence prevention and survivor services.


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Beat that cold by dressing properly

It looks like winter is here to stay, so here are some tips from UHS on how to stay warm. The key? Dress in plenty of layers, wear good gloves and socks, and cover your head. Also, know your indoor exercise options.


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Volunteering is good for your health

Volunteering helps other people, but it also helps you. Students who volunteered up to 10 hours each week were less likely to feel depressed than students who did not volunteer, according to a study. Working, on the other hand, made no difference.

Video: Feeling stale and nervous? Close the books and exercise!

Maybe you don’t feel like going out for a jog. But it will do you a world of good. Studies show students who exercise have higher grades and feel less stressed. A student — and experts — offer insight into the positive effects of physical exercise.