The university maintains a part-time Health Center for the benefit of all students. Its mission is to promote and maintain the health and general well-being of students through routine medical examinations, clinical services, and health instruction. TLU requires all incoming students to complete an online health form and show proof of current meningitis vaccination.
The Health Center, located in the Clifton Hall Apartment, is staffed 30 hours each week, Monday-Friday, by a Registered Nurse. Local health care providers come to see students twice each week, for a total of two hours. There is no charge for the visit. Students can be assessed by the RN and be advised on self care and/or referral to off-campus resources. Hours of operation vary and are posted on the MyTLU Health Center page.
Flu shots are offered during the fall semester on campus. The Health Center also hosts events for blood donation and HIV testing.
We know the health and wellness of our student body impacts the strength of our university and the overall student experience. Because we place great emphasis on ensuring our students stay healthy in body and mind, we’re excited to announce a new service that we will be offering to all TLU students beginning this fall.
TLU has partnered with TimelyMD Telehealth for Students to provide around-the-clock access to quality medical and mental health counseling services. TimelyMD’s medical providers and counselors are board certified and specifically trained on student health. The providers fall in these various practice categories:
- Emergency medicine
- Family practice
- Internal medicine
- General practice
- Licensed professional counseling
- Licensed clinical social worker
- Licensed marriage and family therapist
Who is TimelyMD?
TimelyMD is a convenient and cost-effective way for individuals to receive healthcare and counseling for common conditions that can be safely and accurately diagnosed and treated online. TimelyMD allows you to access a doctor or counselor from your residence hall, home, or anywhere 24/7/365 via a short phone visit or secure video visit.
What conditions can be treated by TimelyMD?
Licensed providers are trained to treat a wide range of conditions. The most common include: colds, sinus infections, Influenza, bladder infections, pink eye, and yeast infections. Other medical conditions treated by TimelyMD include: canker or cold sores, styes, swimmers ear, burns, lower back pain, insect bites, Pertussis, quitting tobacco, allergies/hay fever, exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, acne, athlete’s foot, Chickenpox, eczema or dermatitis, ingrown toenail, jock itch, ringworm, shingles, tinea, constipation and/or diarrhea (IBS), heartburn or acid reflux, malaria prevention, motion sickness prevention, and more.
Who makes the diagnosis?
A licensed, board-certified TimelyMD provider physician (MD), nurse practitioner (NP), or physician assistant (PA) will review and discuss your symptoms, make a diagnosis, and develop your treatment plan.
Can I get a prescription?
TimelyMD providers are licensed and able to prescribe certain medications as part of your care plan, if clinically appropriate. Examples of medications prescribed by TimelyMD providers include antibiotics, inhalers, eyedrops, and antihistamines, as well as other therapeutic medications. TimelyMD providers can also refill short-term supplies of maintenance medications in the event of a patient’s transition to a new doctor or inability to get in touch with their primary care doctor due to limited hours or appointments.
TimelyMD does believe in safe prescribing of medications and the need for a patient to have a relationship with their primary care doctor. As such, TimelyMD providers do not supply long-term medications for chronic illness and encourage patients to see their primary care doctor at least once a year. TimelyMD providers do not provide prescriptions for controlled substances, lifestyle medications, hormone replacement therapies, or other potentially dangerous or addictive drugs.
How do I get a prescription filled?
TimelyMD is not an online pharmacy, and they cannot fill prescriptions. If a prescription medication is part of your treatment plan, it will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice. You are responsible for the cost of any prescriptions, over-the-counter treatments, or follow-up visits you may need related to prescriptions. TimelyMD counselors cannot write prescriptions.
How does online counseling work?
After logging in, you will be asked if you would like a medical visit or counseling visit. Select ‘talk with a counselor,’ answer a few simple questions and then one of the counselors will call you. Counselors are available 24 hours a day and the goal is to respond with you within the hour — many times much sooner. TimelyMD counselors can treat: men’s issues, women’s issues, stress and anxiety, addictions, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD, panic disorders, and much more.
Is there a limit on counseling appointments?
Students may schedule up to six counseling appointments a semester. There is no limit on crisis counseling.
Meningitis Vaccination Policy
In order to comply with state law, TLU requires that all new students, including transfer and readmissions, be immunized against bacterial meningitis (MCV4). The vaccination must have been given during the 5 year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester enrolled. Students age 22 and over are exempt from this law.
Acceptable evidence of vaccination includes an official record from a state or local health authority, or school record, or physician’s office; including signature or stamp of practitioner and month/day/year of vaccination. Vaccination from a pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) is acceptable, but documentation of the vaccination is required (not just a receipt). Documentation should be sent to TLU Office of Admissions, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin, TX, 78155 or faxed to 830-372-8096.
A student has the right to claim exemption if the student submits (1) an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to the health of the student; or (2) an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used for on campus students. This form must be notarized.
A version of the form for off-campus students only may be downloaded here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that meningococcal disease strikes up to 3,000 Americans, killing 300 people a year. Up to 15 percent of those with the disease may suffer long-term permanent disabilities including hearing loss, limb amputations and brain damage.
Comprehensive Student Health Form
New Students are required to complete the Comprehensive Student Health Form which includes the student's medical and mental health history and disability accommodation needs. The information provided will allow TLU staff to become aware of any special needs the student may have. If an emergency occurs, this information could be used to ensure the safest care possible for the student. The form can be completed online through MyTLU (login required).
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