Parent Information

There are many things to think about as you prepare to send your student to college.  Be sure to include information, supplies, and resources for health issues on your list.  Below are some suggestions that will make that first experience with illness or injury away from home go more smoothly.

Send a basic first aid kit stocked with a thermometer.

Include over-the-counter medications that may be needed such as:  pain/fever medicine (Ibuprofen or Tylenol), cold/cough/decongestant medicine, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, etc.  A basic supply of the same preparations your student is accustomed to using at home will be appropriate for use at college.

Prescription medications: bring an adequate supply and a refill prescription for local use if needed.

Glasses and contacts: update prescriptions and supply of contacts.

Intercollegiate Athletes and International Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. All students are encouraged to carry proof of health insurance in the event that medical care is needed. Check with your insurance company to make sure your policy will cover care by local providers (Indianola & Des Moines).

Review with your student a plan of action if they become ill or injured.  A solid first step in your plan is to be evaluated by Student Health Service staff. Staff will assist students in sorting though illness and injury and make appropriate referrals as needed.

Student are responsible for communication with their professor if illness or injury should keep them from class.

Complete Student Health Form and return to Student Health Services by August 1 for Fall and December 1 for Spring.

Arrange for any remaining immunizations or boosters over the summer. Immunizations can be provided by your local provider or county public health office.

Required Immunizations

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) – 2 doses
  • DPT (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis)
  • Tetanus booster (Tdap): given within the past 10 years
  • Polio

Highly Recommended Immunizations

  • Meningitis if living on campus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)