Student Health News

New Physician in the Student Health Center

Dr. Katie Malozzi recently was appointed as a full-time staff physician for the University of South Alabama Student Health Center.

Prior to her appointment to USA, Dr. Malozzi was a family medicine staff physician at Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss. Dr. Malozzi previously served as a family medicine staff physician and United States Navy Senior Medical Officer at Naval Health Branch Clinic Gulfport in Gulfport, Miss.

She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia and completed a family medicine internship and residency at Naval Hospital Pensacola in Pensacola, Fla., where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Malozzi is board-certified in family medicine. To make an appointment, call (251) 460-7151.

The USA Student Health Center is located at 5870 Alumni Drive on USA’s main campus.

 AAAHC Accreditation

All of us at the Student Health Center at the University of South Alabama are pleased to announce that we have received notice that we have achieved a full three-year re-accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). 

This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our student health center. We are so pleased to inform you that out of 610 standards, we met or exceeded compliance in all but four of these standards with a PERFECT score on our overall chapter compliance level. We are very proud of everyone that had a role in this accomplishment because it is a rigorous on-site survey that not all student health centers across the country can achieve.

 

Web Portal

The patient web portal is now available for students to go on-line and make appointments, check to see if there is a balance owed to the Student Health Center, and to receive communication from their health care provider. Students are encouraged to enroll in the web portal by going to https://studenthealth.southalabama.edu . If you have questions, call (251) 460-7151.

 

Student Insurance

New Student Health Insurance Plan available for 2015/2016. Review plan details, search for a provider and enroll online atwww.uhcsr.com/SouthAlabama. Domestic students are eligible to purchase this voluntary plan at www.uhcsr.com/SouthAlabama. Spouse and dependent coverage is also available. International students may also purchase coverage for their spouse and dependents at www.uhcsr.com/SouthAlabama. Please call the Student Health Center at 460-7151 if you have questions. 

 

Flu Season

The Student Health Center has flu vaccine available for all currently enrolled students at a cost of $20. There is no need to make an appointment. Additionally, the cost of the flu shot is covered at 100% for all students who have coverage with the United Healthcare plan. Please call 460-7151 if you have further questions.

Students, faculty and staff should adhere to the following preventative actions to curtail the spread of viruses and flu: 

1) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 2) Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. 3) Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. 4)Avoid close contact with sick people. 5) Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. 6) If you get influenza-like illness symptoms, stay home from work or school except to seek medical care and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue or diarrhea and vomiting, please come to the Student Health Center to see one of our providers and for testing.

Also, for the latest information concerning the recent H1N1 or Swine Flu virus, please go to the CDC website athttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/swineflu_you.htm.

 

Immunizations

Beginning with the fall semester 2007, the University of South Alabama began requiring that all first-time entering students born after 1956 provide proof of 2 doses of a measles containing vaccine (rubeola, M.R., MMR) prior to registration.  One dose must have been after 1980 and at least one of the doses must have been an MMR.  Blue cards (IMM 50) or copies of Blue Cards will be accepted.  Immunization forms may be downloaded here and submitted by emailing them to immunizations@southalabama.edu. We are no longer accepting faxed or mailed documents.

The Student Health Center staff stresses the importance of being informed about the importance of receiving vaccination against bacterial meningitis, especially those students who live in residence halls, to reduce the risk of acquiring the disease. For further questions, please contact us at 460-7151.

Beginning with the fall semester 2009, all new students at the University of South Alabama will be required to complete a tuberculosis screening questionnaire and submit to the Student Health Center prior to registration. The questionnaire can be found at www.southalabama.edu/departments/eforms/studenthealth.